A career in Surgical Technology is very fast-paced and challenging. You may be able to hold a beating heart in your hand. You may be part of a team in the OR that works on replacing a total hip or knee in the orthopedic rotation at your site. You will certainly hand many different instruments to the surgeon in the correct fashion and at the correct time. You will be the keeper of the sterile field. This is a very rewarding career in the Health Science Field. It is not nursing; you do a very specific technical job and work under the RN and Surgeon.
The Surgical Technology program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Support with a concentration in Surgical Technology while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Surgical Technology program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Contact your campus of interest below for more details.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756
Associate of Applied Science (68 credit hours = 5 semesters)
Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.
Courses you will take Print official copy
Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.
NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.
Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Jeanne Rieger, Chair
Surgical Program Information Packet
Students are required to attend a mandatory Surgical Technology Information Session within the calendar year they wish to apply for a clinical spot. No reservations are required. Sessions are held in room 300 in the Fairbanks Building at the Lawrence campus, 9301 E. 59th Street (just north of 56th Street and Post Road). Park in the south parking lot and use the south building entrance.
Surgical Technology faculty will present information about:
The Surgical Technology Program
Admission Process & Criteria
Sessions will last for 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
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- Faculty Contact:
- Susan D. Sheets CST RN MSN CNOR
- Program Chair Surgical Technology
East Central (Muncie)
North Central (South Bend)
Surgical Technology is offered through a partnership with the Valparaiso campus. For more information please contact:
Carol J. Kirkner, Ed.D
Dean, School of Health Sciences
574-289-7001 ext. 5705
Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)
The Surgical Technology program in Terre Haute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). Inquiries may be made at:
ARC/STSA Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120-8031
Phone: (303) 694-9261
Fax: (303) 741-3655
Regional Degree Offerings:
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
Information and Application Packet
Debra Wilson, Program Chair