A Surgical Technologist (ST) is a healthcare professional who works as part of the surgical team to ensure the operative procedure is completed under optimal conditions. You will work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other key surgical personnel in hospital operating rooms and outpatient surgery centers. STs play a critical role in surgical patient care.

Your primary responsibility as a Surgical Technologist is maintaining the sterile field and being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to proper aseptic techniques that prevent contamination or infection. You must anticipate the needs of the surgeon, pass instruments and provide sterile items in an efficient manner, as well as directly assist by handling tissue, using instruments, and providing wound exposure within the operative field. Surgical Technologists are in demand across the state.

The Surgical Technology program prepares you to function as a member of the surgical team in hospitals and clinics with registered nurses and surgeons in the operating room. The graduate is qualified to prepare the surgical environment and function as a team member during the operative procedures. National certification is available to graduates.

Career Information

Career opportunities for the Surgical Technologies exist nationwide. Employment is available in hospitals, ambulatory centers, surgeon's offices and clinics, veterinary offices, surgical sales representative, traveling surgical technologist, or surgical technology educator fields.

Licensure Information

This program prepares you for licensure in Iowa. WITCC has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets all other state's educational requirements for licensure or certification. If you wish to work outside the state of Iowa please contact the state agency in which you hope to work for details about licensure or certification.
For information on becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist, contact:
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
6 West Dry Creek Road, Suite 100
Littleton, CO  80120
Internet: www.NBSTSA.org
For information on becoming a Tech in Surgery-Certified, contact:
National Center for Competency Testing
7007 College Blvd., Suite 250
Overland Park, KS   66211

To register or if you have questions:

Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $12,480.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,545.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Required Classes for Surgical Technology | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
SUR 111 Surgical Procedures I 3
SUR 130 Introduction to Surgical Technology 3
SUR 132 Surgical Technology Practice 5
SUR 133 Surgical Asepsis and Instrumentation 3
BIO 169 Human Anatomy and Physiology IA w/lab 4
SUR 112 Surgical Procedures II 8
SUR 145 Patient Care Concepts 3
SUR 423 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 3
BIO 174 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIA w/lab 4
SUR 213 Surgical Procedures III 8
BIO 186 Microbiology 4
ENG 105 Composition I 3
SUR 214 Surgical Procedures IV 7
SUR 350 Surgical Board Review 1
SUR 535 Surgical Preceptorship 2
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3

Entrance Requirements

All students must submit the following items for application to the program
to be considered:

  • A copy of a Final Official High School, GED or HSED transcript with date of graduation. For applicants currently in high school, please present a current high school transcript and then later submit the Final Official High School Transcript with the date of graduation.
  • Official college transcripts of previously attended institutions.
  • ACT Scores (if completed) listed on HS Transcript or other official documentation.

All students must meet the following criteria for admission/acceptance to the program:

  • Verification of high school, GED, or HSED official transcript

All students must meet one of the following criteria for admission/acceptance into the program:

Criteria 1 for Acceptance

Submitted documentation of composite ACT score of at least 20.

or Criteria 2 for Acceptance

Completed an associate's degree or higher from an accredited institution

or Criteria 3 for Acceptance

Competition of BIO 168 & BIO 173 with no grade lower than a B-

or Criteria 4 for Acceptance

Verification of high school official transcript of GPA 2.7 or higher AND
Completion of (1) year high school Biology or science equivalent with no grade lower than a B-.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Renee Nemitz AAS, RN, CSTR, FAST
Surgical Technology Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1391
Sioux City Campus, Room L307
Jenny Jolin AAS, CST
Surgical Technology Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1943
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
Sioux City Campus, Room L314


Advisory Board

Sheryl Ford United Real Estate
Keith Vollstedt Midlands Clinic
Sheri Allen St. Luke's
Bethany Bower WITCC
Sally Moritz, C.S.T. WITCC
Amy Munchrath, R.N., O.R.S. St. Luke's Regional Medical Center
Lacey LaScala MercyOne / WITCC
Sam LaScala MercyOne
Julie Backman Dunes Surgical Hospital
Jayne Newburn St. Luke's
Brian Schneider WITCC/MercyOne