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Surgical Technology
1-year diploma (3 semesters)

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.

Surgical technologists work under medical supervision to facilitate safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Surgical Technology


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A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The laboratory portion of the program, which reinforces concepts learned in class, is held in operating suites at area hospitals or the Surgical Technology lab at Kirkwood. Students have clinical experiences in hospitals and actively participate on operating room teams during surgery while clinical preceptors oversee their work.

Spring start (Cedar Rapids site)
Fall start (Distance Education program available at Indian Hills Community College and Northeast Iowa Community College.)

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) based on the recommendations of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting(ARC-STSA). ST graduates will apply to take the Certified Surgical Technologist test. Certification is strongly recommended, and occasionally required, for employment.

Accreditation Review Council on Education in
Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle | Suite #10 | Littleton, CO 80120 | 303-694-9262 |

CAAHEP | 1361 Park Street | Clearwater FL 33756 | 727-210-2350 |


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