Surgical Technology

Get 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.

The Surgical Technology Diploma and AAS Degree Programs, Spencer Campus, are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( opens in a new 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

Faculty Contact

Dana Grafft
Assistant Professor, Surgical Technology
712-580-8624 Ext: 8624 | dgrafft@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details


DEGREE: Diploma (44 credits)

CAMPUS: Spencer


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Starting Salary: $33,491 | Average Salary: $41,079

Projected Employment Growth: 1.0%

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Special Certifications Available


Term 1

Credits: 2

This course intends to introduce the student to the practice of sur­gical patient care. Preoperative and postoperative routines as well as some of the responsibilities of the surgical technologist in the circulating role are discussed. The bio-psycho-social needs of the patient are addressed in addition to patient identification, review of the chart, documentation, surgical transport and positioning, skin preparation, urinary catheterization, specimen care, wound clas­sification, vital signs, hemo-dynamics, monitoring, and discharge planning. The student will learn appropriate response to legal, ethical, and moral issues, as well as emergency situations and personnel safety practices as outlined by OSHA Standards.

Credits: 6

This course provides the student with an orientation to the surgi­cal technology profession and operating room theory. Principles and concepts associated with the professional aspects of surgical technology are presented. Foundational concepts such as the role of the surgical technologist, professional aspects, and medi­cal law will be covered .A theoretical overview will be given for introduction into: the surgical environment, biomedical sciences, aseptic techniques, sterilization and disinfection, instrumentation, equipment and supplies, wound healing and diagnostic proce­dures.

Prerequisites: BIO 163 – Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology or BIO 168/BIO 173 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, HSC 114 – Medical Terminology

Corequisites: SUR 131 – Surgical Foundations Lab

Credits: 4

This course provides the student with an orientation to the surgical technology profession and operating room theory. Principles and concepts associated with the professional aspects of surgical technology are presented. Foundational concepts such as the role of the surgical technologist, professional aspects, and medical law will be covered.  A theoretical overview will be given for introduction into: the surgical environment, biomedical sciences, aseptic techniques, sterilization and disinfection, instrumentation, equipment and supplies, wound healing and diagnostic

Credits: 2

This course includes the correlation of the relationship to the practice of sterile technique and infection control in the operative setting. The student will use the microscope to contrast and com­pare the structure and characteristics of microorganisms.

Credits: 2

Refining of skills in reading, writing and listening as they apply to the student’s vocational needs.

Program Pre-requisites: HSC 114, BIO 163 or BIO 168, and BIO 173

Term 2

Credits: 1

Students will learn employability skills while developing professional and leadership skills.  Students will create a professional portfolio, resume, and demonstrate interview skills while reviewing how to maintain their professional credential following graduation.

Credits: 2

This course will allow students to apply principles learned during Surgical Procedures lecture in a hands-on laboratory setting. Students will further redefine skills related to the three phases of case management as they apply to each surgical specialty and its specific cases.

Credits: 6

This course provides the student with the preoperative theory, procedural anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, procedural considerations, instrumentation, and steps related to various surgical specialties. Specialties include: diagnostic, general, obstetrics and gynecology, genitourinary, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmic, plastic, orthopedic, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular, neurosurgery. Students will incorporate safe perioperative patient care techniques, medical terminology, and pharmacology to each procedure.

Credits: 2

This course reviews basic math and science skills. It provides an introduction to surgical pharmacology and emphasizes the classifications of medications used in surgery. The student will become familiar with the general terminology used with medica­tion application, the use of drugs in the care of surgical patients, and the principles of anesthesia administration for routine cases and emergency procedures.

Credits: 3

This practicum application provides the student the opportunity to apply classroom theory learned in the first and second semesters in a hospital operating room.

Term 3

Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.

Credits: 4

This course provides students the opportunity to attend practi­cum rotations in the various surgical specialties while scrubbing a variety of perioperative cases to build skills required for complex perioperative patient care. Emphasis is placed on improving their technical skills, critical thinking, speed, efficiency, and autonomy in the operative setting. The latter portion of this course provides the student with an opportunity to scrub in specialty areas as the 81 primary surgical technologist. Students will gain expertise in sterile technique, improve their anticipation of surgeon’s needs, and further increase their dexterity and speed. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for transition into the job market.