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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is an allied health professional who works as part of the surgical team to ensure that the operative procedure is completed under optimal conditions. Surgical Technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other key surgical personnel in hospital operating rooms and outpatient surgery centers.

Surgical Technologists function during all phases of the operative procedure by maintaining the sterile field and assisting the surgical team throughout the case.  Surgical Technologists play a critical role in surgical patient care. 

Job availability in Surgical Technology is very high and expected to continue to grow faster than average according to the U.S. Department of Labor. As a result, the Association of Surgical Technology has determined that the average salary in Iowa is $17.59 and $22.14 in Minnesota. Graduates of the Iowa Lakes Surgical Technology program have had a 100% rate of job placement.

Following graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Credentialing Exam offered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). In fact, students in the 2014 graduating class had a 100% pass rate on the national certification exam for Surgical Technology.

Surgical technologists are well regarded professionally and fill a variety of positions in the medical field within hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician’s offices. There are many opportunities for growth as a surgical technologist and many advance to become leaders or managers within their workplace. 

Please print our program booklet (located on the right under Related Documents) for a more in-depth look into the rapidly changing profession of Surgical Technology.

The Surgical Technology Diploma and AAS Degree Programs, Spencer Campus, are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education Surgical Technology (ARCST).  These organizations may be reached at:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262

Associate in Applied Science
Program Length: 76 Credits
(6 semesters)

Degree: Diploma
Program Length: 44 Credits
(3 semesters)

Campus: Spencer

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