Surgical Technology

Get scrubbed up and ready to go, because we need to get to the operating room! Your Life.Changing. career is only 12 months away!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 4 Terms (12 Months)
8 Terms (24 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Diploma
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)


Are you a hands-on learner who has a passion for healthcare?  Do you enjoy watching shows like Grey’s Anatomy or Botched?  Then the Surgical Technology program at Indian Hills may be a good fit for you!  Surgical Technologists typically prep both patients and operating rooms for surgeries, as well as sterilize equipment, pass instruments to surgeons during surgery, use retractors to assist the surgeon, and help transfer the patient to a recovery room after the surgery has been completed. It’s fast-paced, but we know you can keep calm under the pressure!

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. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The Surgical Technology program is offered at Indian Hills Community College through a distance education agreement with Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Students take the Surgical Technology courses remotely using Zoom, and complete their  Arts and Sciences courses  through IHCC.  Labs are provided at Ottumwa Regional Hospital and clinic sites are assigned in eastern/central Iowa, etc. This 12-month program, which begins each fall, prepares students to provide care to patients during surgery and assist the surgical team in the operating room. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a diploma in Surgical Technology from Kirkwood Community College. An additional sequence of Arts and Sciences courses taken during the second year will allow the student to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. This option provides students with a range of professional opportunities throughout their career. Diploma and AAS graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam for surgical technologists.

So put your gloves on, and come join a career that’s sure to be Life.Changing. for you, your patients, and the medical professionals you’ll work with. 

What you will learn:
  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a Surgical Technologist
  • Relate the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and surgical team during the perioperative experience
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience
  • Implement safe practice techniques and knowledge in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures
  • Integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience
  • Employ the professional attributes of the Surgical Technologist

Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Surgical Technology Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Surgical Technologist in the operating room, a Surgical Technologist in Ambulatory Surgery, or working in a Central Supply Department!  

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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health 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 Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). ARC-STSA can be contacted at 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120 or

Criminal background, health physical, current immunizations, health insurance, mandatory reporting, HIPAA, OSHA, drug screening, dependent adult and child abuse record checks, and additional compliance items are required prior to beginning any clinical courses.



Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Abby!

abbyAbby Benjamin, Admissions Screening & Communication Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5321 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5321
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