Mission & Vision

Creating Equitable Access To High Quality Education For All

Our mission at the UPMC School of Surgical Technology is to provide innovative, affordable, and accessible educational programs that allow students to experience world-class surgical training with day one experience in our state-of-the-art operating rooms learning from experienced educators, top ranked surgeons, and with all the support needed to graduate career ready and join us in Life Changing Medicine in the operating room.  

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Life Changing is . . .FREE TUITION

Tuition starts as low as $0 through our generous tuition programs and offers*. Our non-profit mission is to make education accessible and equitable for all as we believe everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed, and the support to do it.

Why Choose Us

LIFE CHANGING IS . . .

Creating affordable pathways to higher education and career paths for all.

We offer a comprehensive program to help you unlock your potential and see yourself succeed, featuring the latest technology, cutting-edge resources, and highly skilled instructors with years of experience in surgery. Our student services and resources are designed to ensure your success, and we offer preferred job placement opportunities at UPMC to graduates. Plus, we have a MacBook program to ensure everyone has access to the technology resources you need to excel in college.

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The Best Instructors

Our instructors are experts with years of surgical experience and clinical knowledge, imparting valuable insight to inspire and motivate students to reach their goals.

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100% CertificationExam Pass Rate

To date, all of our students passed their certification exams on their very first try. Exam prep courses are built into the curriculum to increase success.

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Best Learning Experiences

Our students are immersed in surgery in our hospitals from day 1 and learn skills in our state of the art operating rooms. Didactic courses incorporate state of the art technology to enhance learning and see our students succeed.

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MacBook Program

You need technology for college, and we are proud to provide MacBooks to all our students for use during their program with a generous purchase discount option for those who want to keep it after they graduate*.

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Nationally Ranked

In 9 Adult Specialties: Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology and Lung Surgery, and Urology.

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Equality Leader

UPMC Presbyterian is thrilled for being named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index. This honor recognizes UPMC's commitment to providing safe and inclusive care to all of our LGBTQ+ patients and employees.

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Level 1 Trauma Centers

Our students gain clinical experience in trauma - a rare feature of most surgical technology programs - gaining advanced skills and experiences at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Mercy, & UPMC Children's Hospital.






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