Surgical Technology Current Students

In the Surgical Technology program at Kirkwood, students can participate in classes based in Cedar Rapids at the main campus, or via distance learning. Find more information about registration for these classes, orientation, clinics, compliance, and more.


Program Outcomes

When prepping for your future career and choosing the right program, a high graduation rate is an important statistic.

In 2019, 100% of the students in the Surgical Technology program at Kirkwood Community College graduated and were eligible for the CST exam.

According to data from the August 2019 Surgical Technology National Exam, of Kirkwood's 15 graduates who were eligible to take the exam, 11 students passed the exam. When you choose to study at Kirkwood, you're choosing a path to a successful career!

Course registration information for Surgical Technology students is located below. This applies to both students on main campus and in distance learning.

Please read the following information that will be helpful when registering for your next semester classes:

  • Priority registration information has been sent to you via email for the upcoming semester
  • Register for classes through MyHub
  • Remember to run your degree audit (through MyHub) to ensure you are on track for graduation
    Questions? Call 319-398-5566 or visit Allied Health in 2164 Linn Hall for assistance.

Spring Start Technical Orientation

The Surgical Technology I class is considered the first class in the Surgical Technology program. The technical orientation will be held during the first week of class. This orientation is program-specific and separate from new student orientation. 

Distance Learning Technical Orientation

Attendance at the ST Distance Education Program orientation is Mandatory. This MANDATORY meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16 starting at 9:00 am. Please watch your Kirkwood student email for more information and the zoom link for this online session. 


Students can review the compliance section in the program handbook on Talon for the Surgical Technology program. DO NOT purchase a CastleBranch account or start any compliance until after your technical orientation.



If you have any questions please contact Melissa Carnahan at

Students in the Surgical Technology program participate in clinical experience at area hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the second and third semester of the program.

Clinical sites are continuously being developed to enhance student education. One or two students are placed at a clinical site depending on the facility.


  • Students gain hands-on, fundamental knowledge needed for entry-level skills.
  • Students actively participate on an operating room team during surgery. A clinical preceptor oversees the student while in the operating room.
  • Immediate feedback from the preceptor facilitates student learning.
  • Potential sites for clinical experience include but are not limited to hospitals within a 100-mile radius of the college. Students must be prepared to travel to their assigned clinic site.

Students are not employees of their clinic sites and are not entitled to wages or benefits. They cannot be substituted for employees during the clinic component of the program.

More Resources

Learn more in the Surgical Technology program handbook, which can be accessed by current students by logging in to Talon.


Contact Allied Health 

2164 Linn Hall