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Surgical Technology, AAS

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Campus Location: Peosta

Program Entry: Enrollment may occur during any term. Fall term is the start of the program course sequence.

Award: Associate of Applied Science granted from Kirkwood Community College (KCC)

Description: The Surgical Technology program is offered at NICC through a distance education agreement with Kirkwood Community College (KCC), Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Students take the KCC Surgical Technology courses over the ICN (Iowa Communications Network) at NICC and the general education requirements through NICC. Lab courses are taught by KCC faculty at a local hospital.

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. These individuals work 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 Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Heath 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 Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). Students will apply to take the Certified Surgical Technologist exam before graduation.

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) can be contacted at:
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 10
Littleton, CO 80120

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(CAAHEP) can be contacted at:
25400 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Ste. 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Program Admission: In addition to the College enrollment process , applicants must apply for admission at Kirkwood Community College,

BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  

HSC 114 - Medical Terminology  

Academic Requirements: Students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all SUR courses and a “C-” or above in BIO 168 BIO 173  and HSC 114 .

  • HSC 114  will transfer to KCC as HSC 115
  • BIO 200  will transfer to KCC as SUR 182
  • COM 723  or SPC 112  will transfer to KCC as SPC 101

Program Requirements: Prior to beginning the program you will be required to complete a criminal record check. A positive report may prevent you from being accepted by an affiliated agency for a clinical experience and completion of the program. You may also be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. A completed health physical and current immunization record must be on file at the Kirkwood Health Office, including verification of the hepatitis B vaccination or medical waiver on file. You are responsible for a yearly tuberculosis test. A current CPR for the Healthcare Professional is also required. The following CPR certifications will be accepted: American Heart Association “Healthcare Provider” course (no other level accepted) or American Red Cross “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” (no other level accepted) or EMP “BLSPRO” (this course includes First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR) or CPR Instructor Level for Red Cross, American Heart or EMP. A copy of a high school diploma or GED certificate will need to be on file with the program coordinator.

Minimum Credits: 30 including admission requirements, plus KCC coursework

Course Sequence

Term 2: Fall

Term 3: Spring

  • or


  • SUR 322 - Surgical Technology II 3.0 Credit(s) 1
  • SUR 323 - Surgical Technology II Lab 1.0 Credit(s) 1
  • SUR 340 - Surgical Specialties I 1.0 Credit(s) 1
  • SUR 341 - Surgical Specialist II 3.0 Credit(s) 1
  • SUR 420 - Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • SUR 440 - Biomedical Sciences for Surgical Technology 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • SUR 520 - Surgical Technology Practicum I 2.0 Credit(s) 1

Term 4: Summer

  • SUR 523 - Surgical Technology Practicum II 9.0 Credit(s) 1


1 Course taken through KCC

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