Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree


Picture yourself standing in the operating room, expertly assisting surgeons while ensuring the safety of the patient on the table. Give us two years, and that can be you. Our accredited program prepares you for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship may even cover your tuition.

What You Learn in Surgical Technology

Learn to handle instruments, supplies, and equipment used during surgical procedures. How to arrange and sterilize equipment, and more. You build knowledge about different procedures, how to anticipate the needs of the surgeon, and ensure quality patient care. You also complete two operating room clinicals.

What Can I Do With a Surgical Technology Degree?

As an allied health professional, you are an integral part of the team. You ensure the operating room is safe, equipment functions properly, and patient safety is maximized. Work in medical and surgical hospitals, outpatient care centers, and doctor and dentist offices. You could also manage a sterile processing department, go into medical device sales, or even teach the next generation of surgical techs. 

A Solid Foundation

Intro to Surgical Technology

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Intro to Surgical Technology

Build knowledge and skills, and take part in lab simulations

Human Relations


Human Relations

Study personality characteristics, behavior, and what motivates individuals and groups.


How to handle


Learn about drug identification, administration, classification, and more.

Advanced Concepts

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Advanced Concepts

Specific surgeries related to disease processes.

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After you start the program you must:  

  • Have an insurance plan to cover any injury or illness requiring hospital treatment or surgery.
  • Submit evidence of good health through a physical exam and immunization form.
  • Provide documentation showing you successfully completed an American Heart Association CPR course for health care providers.

A criminal background check is required prior to entering any clinical setting. Any associated fees will be your responsibility. Certain criminal activity may disqualify you from participation and the program.

You must provide your own transportation to all clinical placements, including any outside of the Quad Cities region.  

In addition to EICC's general admission requirements, you must meet with the program director prior to placement in the program. It’s a chance for them to tell you about program requirements, course sequence, application for certification, and clinical/programmatic information. Complete your admissions application then schedule your conversation with:

Denise Duran

Denise Duran, CST, Program Director

You must achieve a "C" or higher in each course to progress to the next term.

The Surgical Technology program prepares you to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.

State licensure is not required in all states, and if it is, requirements may vary. Graduates who apply for licensure may need to satisfy other requirements, such as completing an application, or paying a fee. We make every effort to verify the information provided on requirements for licensure is accurate and up to date, however, these requirements are subject to change at any time. If you will be seeking licensure, we  encourage you to review the requirements for the state in which you intend to practice. 

There is no state licensure requirement in Iowa, but most hospitals require CST certification. Our program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Illinois. Here's more information from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  


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Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship

You may be eligible to earn a degree in this high-demand field for zero tuition costs! You file for financial aid, and if your Expected Family Contribution is at or below $20,000, the state covers the remaining balance beyond the aid for which you are eligible. More than two dozen career programs qualify, including this one. File your FAFSA by July 15.

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Need some extra help? We offer drop-in and scheduled tutoring on each campus, and online, too. You can also get a writing consultation via email. Visit our tutoring centers for more information on services and schedules.


Your Degree = Success

Complete your education in two years. Qualify for better jobs. Earn a higher salary. Enjoy a better quality of life. The benefits of an associate's degree are impressive and wide-ranging.

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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

For general questions about CAAHEP, please contact 

ARC/STSA: Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655 

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Surgical Technology: Locations

Scott Community College

500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
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