Offered at Main Campus
The Surgical Technology program is offered at Indian Hills Community College through a distance education agreement with Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Students take the Surgical Technology courses on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) in Ottumwa and the Arts and Sciences courses are taken at IHCC. This 12-month program, which begins each fall, prepares students to provide care to patients during surgery and assist the surgical team in the operating room. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a diploma in Surgical Technology from Kirkwood Community College. An additional sequence of Arts and Sciences courses taken during the second year will allow the student to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. This option provides students with a range of professional opportunities throughout their career. Diploma and AAS graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam for surgical technologists.
To apply to the Surgical Technology program students must: 1) complete a Kirkwood College Application (online at www.kirkwood.edu); 2) complete an IHCC application to take the Arts and Sciences courses; 3) send high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores, plus any additional transcripts, to Kirkwood Community College and Indian Hills Community College; 4) take the ACT or ACCUPLACER test. This may be arranged through the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, extension 5142; and 5) attend a scheduled Program Conference. All of these requirements must be met prior to acceptance. Students are admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) based on the recommendations of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STRA). CAAHEP may be contacted at 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, or (312) 553-9355. ARA-STSA can be contacted at 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 50120 or www.arcst.org.
Criminal background, drug screening, and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to beginning any clinical courses.