Surgical Technology

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Surgical Technology

Subject Area: Health Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma

Minimum Credits: 15 plus Kirkwood Community College coursework

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall


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 coursework 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).

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.

In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must apply for admission at Kirkwood Community College.

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 Healthcare 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 GED certificate will need to be on file with the program coordinator.

Academic Requirements

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:772 Applied 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.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $42,867 - $55,118 and a projected growth of 10%, the career outlook for Surgical Technology graduates is outstanding.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

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


Sandi Welsh
Surgical Technology Program Advisor
800.728.7367, ext. 308