Sep 28, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog

Surgical Technology Diploma

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Surgical Technology

Surgical TechnologyGet acquainted with all areas of surgical technology while earning a diploma or Associate in Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. Surgical technologists work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in a range of ways. As an integral part of the surgical team, surgical technologists need in-depth training and practical experience to best deliver patient care for and assume appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.

Because surgical technology practitioners fill various roles, our dual-track program ensures you're prepared for all possible responsibilities. Here are the roles you'll train in:

  • Scrub surgical technologist: handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure; anticipates the needs of the surgeon; ensures quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
  • Circulating surgical technologist: obtains additional instruments, supplies and equipment necessary while the surgical procedure is in progress; monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team.
  • Second assisting surgical technologist: assists the surgeon and/or first assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks other than cutting, clamping and suturing of tissue. This role is distinct from that of the first assistant and may, in some circumstances, be performed at the same time as the scrub role.

Surgical Technology Diploma Program Outcomes

  1. Employ information obtained for biological, social and psychological studies.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of asepsis and surgical skills in a laboratory setting.
  3. Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience in diverse clinical settings. 
  4. Demonstrate safe patient care in the perioperative setting.
  5. Exhibit professional attributes.
  6. Perform proficiently and competently as an entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of the Surgical Technologist. 
  7. Practice within the recognized scope of practice within the healthcare setting to provide optimal patient care.

The Surgical Technology Program at Iowa Lakes Community College is a CAAHEP-Accredited Program. Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA) and upon passing the exam, are able to use the credential Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).  

Last year (2019), 100% of our graduates took the exam offered by the NBSTSA, and 100% of our students passed the exam. Also in 2019, 100% of our students were placed in surgical technology related jobs following graduation.  

The Surgical Technology Diploma and AAS Degree Programs, Spencer Campus, are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. (ARCSTSA)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 113th St. N, #7709
​Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350

Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262

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