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Surgical Technology

Campus Location: Peosta

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Diploma and/or Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) granted from Kirkwood Community College (KCC)


The Surgical Technology program, a consortium between Northeast Iowa Community College and Kirkwood Community College (KCC), provides you the opportunity to complete your general education course work through NICC and the Surgical Technology courses through KCC on the NICC Peosta campus via the fiber optic network (ICN).

Surgical technologists work as members of the surgical team in a variety of settings, most frequently in the hospital operating rooms. They function under supervision to ensure that the operating room is safe, equipment functions properly and the operative procedures are conducted under conditions that maximize safety.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Liaison Council for Surgical Technologist certification. Kirkwood’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the American College of Technologists (AST) and is based on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC).

Surgical Technology

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants to this program must complete applications for both NICC and KCC and complete a basic skills assessment. Apply to Kirkwood online at You must be at least 17 years of age. Prior to beginning the program, you will be required to complete a criminal record check. A positive report may prevent you from being accepted by an affiliated agency for a clinical experience and completion of the program.

You may also be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. A completed health physical and current immunization record must be on file at the Kirkwood Health Office including verification of the hepatitis B vaccination or medical waiver on file. You are responsible for a yearly tuberculosis test. A current CPR for the Health Care Professional is also required. The following CPR certifications will be accepted: American Health Association “Healthcare Provider” course (no other level accepted) or American Red Cross “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” (no other level accepted) or EMP “BLSPRO” (this course includes First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR) or CPR Instructor Level for Red Cross, American Heart or EMP. A copy of a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (HSED) will need to be on file with the program coordinator

Surgical Technology

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 15 plus KCC course work

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.0
BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1.0
BIO:200 Basic Microbiology 1.0
BIO:204 Basic Microbiology Lab 1.0
HIT:140  Medical Terminology 4.0
HSC:107 *Professionals in Health 2.0
HSC:210 *Health Skills I 1.0
SUR:126 *Surgical Technology I 4.5
SUR:128 *Surgical Technology Lab I 2.0


Term 2
MAT:041 Basic Math 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
SUR:322 *Surgical Technology II 3.0
SUR:323 *Surgical Technology II Lab 1.0
SUR:340 *Surgical Specialties I 1.0
SUR:341 *Surgical Specialties II 3.0
SUR:420 *Pharmacology for Surgical Technology 2.0
SUR:440 *Biomedical Science for Surgical Technology 2.0
SUR:520 *Surgical Technology Practicum I 2.0


Term 3
SUR:523 *Surgical Technology Practicum II 9.0

*Course taken through Kirkwood Community College.

Surgical Technology

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$31,633  - $37,105

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of past NICC Alumni

From Kirkwood Community College
The Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, IA
St. Luke’s, Cedar Rapids, IA

Sample Job Titles

Anesthesia Technician
CST (Certified Surgical Technologist)
OR Tech (Operating Room Technician)
Surgical Orderly
Surgical Technician
Surgical Technologist
Technician, Operating Room

Surgical Technology

Additional Information:


Sandi Welsh
Surgical Technology Program Advisor
800.728.7367, ext. 308