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%


​​​​​​​​​​​​Surgical techs prepare instruments and supplies needed for surgical procedures and serve as part of the surgical team. Traditional hospital operating rooms need surgical techs. 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

The need for skilled technicians is so great, you have multiple ways forward.

Pays Well

Starting pay averages $20-22 /hour in Iowa or higher. The more experience, the more you will make.​

Stellar Learning Environment

Our program provides:

  • Hands-on Experience - You receive hands-on training in our simulated operating room classroom located at DMACC’s Capitol Center. 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 20-student cohort. DMACC's surgical tech instructors​ are Certified Surgical Technologists and Registered Nurses with highly diversified experience in all aspects of surgery.

  • Proven Job Placement Record - We prepare you to earn the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential which qualifies you for positions anywhere in the country. Most students land jobs before graduating.

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