Surgical Technology Program

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​​​​​The DMACC Surgical Technology Diploma Program is a fully accredited surgical technology program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAHEEP) through the Accreditation Review committee in surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting. (ARC-STSA)

The Surgical Technology program is designed to prepare students to be employed in a hospital or surgery center. As a skilled health professional, the surgical technologist is able to circulate with a Registered Nurse and scrub independently for a variety of specialties and procedures.

DMACC Surgical Technology Diploma students gain a basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, aseptic technique, surgical techniques and procedures and patient care techniques. These subjects are presented in the classroom, through laboratory experiences and in a supervised clinical setting.

Criminal background checks will be completed on each student. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participation in clinical education experience. Students unable to participate in clinical education will be unable to complete the DMACC Surgical Technology Diploma program.

Location: Urban

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students start Fall term.

DMACC Surgical Technology Outcomes Report


Graduating Class ​2019
Retention Rate 86%
Graduation Rate 86%
Certification Examination Pass Rate ​92​%
Employment Rate 
100%


 


Traditional hospital operating rooms need surgical technologists. So do many other health care settings… labor & delivery, radiology, cardiac cath labs, dermatology, cosmetic surgeons, even some private practices. Surgical technologists are in demand in Central Iowa and beyond! These jobs pay well and offer challenge and reward​.

DMACC now offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Surgical Technology that more than readies you for this field.

Huge Demand

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the surgical tech field is growing faster than most other occupations. Surgical technologists are in demand in Central Iowa and beyond!

Pays Well

Starting annual salary is $47,000 - $54,000 a year in Iowa. The more experience, the more you will make.​

Engaging Learning Environment​​

Our program provides:

  • Hands-on Experience - Our new 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Simulator, new operating rooms, and new sterile processing supply area on the DMACC Urban Campus​ means you now gain hands-on skills that could only be learned in a clinical setting before​.​

    You’ll also develop valuable skills and professional references during your clinical practicum at leading hospitals and surgical centers throughout central Iowa. The program includes 500+ clinical practicum hours at 16+ clinical sites.​

  • Expert Faculty - You learn from the best as part of a 24-student cohort. DMACC's surgical technologist​ instructors​ are Certified Surgical Technologists and Registered Nurses with highly diversified experience in all aspects of surgery.

  • Proven Job Placement Record - You earn the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential as part of the degree program. This means you leave DMACC already credentialed and qualified for positions anywhere in the country. Our job placement rate has been 100% since 2017. Most students land a job before graduating.

  • Last Dollar Scholarship Eligible - This program qualifies for the Last Dollar Scholarship​. It may cost you nothing to complete this program!