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 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.
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
For information on becoming a Tech in Surgery-Certified, contact:
National Center for Competency Testing
7007 College Blvd., Suite 250
Overland Park, KS 66211
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|
|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|
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