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2023 - 2024 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology - Spring Start, AAS

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Campus: Scott Community College

Graduates of the Surgical Technology AAS degree will have the necessary skills to enter the operating room as a surgical technologist.

A Surgical Technologist handles instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. Surgical Technology graduates have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of procedures performed and can anticipate the needs of the surgeon in order to achieve a positive patient outcome. Graduates also have the ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and be constantly vigilant for maintenance of the sterile field.

Graduates with a Surgical Technology AAS degree will open up many avenues for employment and have the skills to fulfill many roles. In addition to positions in an operating room, Surgical Technologists with this degree are prepared to manage a Sterile Processing Department, go into medical device sales, or even teach in a Surgical Technology Program. The AAS degree in Surgical Technology is rapidly becoming the preferred entry-level for employers.

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination. Students must have completed a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approved educational program prior to sitting for the exam. See Professional Licensure for more information.

EICC’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This allows qualified students to sit for national board certification and earn Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Certification.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the college, applicants to this program must meet specific program admission criteria. The application process and admission requirements for the Surgical Technology program can be found at www.eicc.edu/surgtech.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Surgical Technology program, students will be able to:

  1. Sit for the National Certification Board exam for Surgical Technology.  
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the principles of aseptic technique in a surgical setting.  
  3. Demonstrate proper identification of surgical instrumentation.  
  4. Demonstrate proper handling of surgical instrumentation.  
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of surgical and procedural techniques.  

Plan of Study

Term Total: 26.00 Credits

Term Total: 15.00 Credits

Term Total: 10.00 Credits

Term Total: 13.00 Credits

Surgical Technology - Spring Start, AAS Total: 64.00 Credits


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350 / Fax: 727-210-2354
Please contact mail@caahep.org if you have general questions about CAAHEP.

ARC/STSA info@arcstsa.org

6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262 / Fax: 303-741-3655

Non-discrimination Statement / Equal Educational Opportunities

It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).


If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact EICC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-5222, equity@eicc.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730- 1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

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