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.
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.
Entry time: Spring start (Cedar Rapids site)
Fall start (Distance Education program available at Indian Hills Community College and Northeast Iowa Community College.)
For more information contact:
Melissa Carnahan, B.S., CST
2164 Linn Hall
Accreditation: 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 Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). ST graduates can apply to take the Certified Surgical Technologist test. Certification is strongly recommended, and occasionally required, for employment.
The Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST) can be contacted at:
6 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant. Click here for more details.