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Surgical Technologist

What They Do

Surgical technologists assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and/or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists help set up operating rooms with surgical instruments and equipment, sterile linens and sterile solutions. They also assemble, adjust and check nonsterile equipment. They may hold retractors, cut sutures and count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments as well as clean and restock the operating room.

Duration of Training

11 months; full-time days, typical hours 7 am – 3:30 pm

Application Deadline

April 30, 2018

Program Start Date

September 4, 2018


$2,111.16 internal rate for IU Health employees

$4,135.56 external rate for non-IU Health employees

(Books and Scrubs are additional)

This program is not eligible for FAFSA funding.

Certificate or Degree


Outcomes Assessment Exam

The national CST™ exam pass rate results for the class graduating in the academic year:

  • Aug. 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016 was 100 percent
  • Aug. 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017 was 100 percent


  • High school diploma or GED with official transcripts
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program
  • You must be a United States Citizen or possess a permanent resident card, commonly called a green card in the United States.

Summary, Course of Study

First semester (Orientation and Core Curriculum): medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, medical law and ethics, introduction to patient care, surgical applications and surgical instrumentation.

Second and third semesters (Level I and Level II): surgical instrumentation, surgical techniques, surgical procedures, clinical experience, clinical practicum, surgical techniques lab, and professional growth and development.

Physical Requirements

  • Read, write, understand and verbally communicate in fluent English (includes questioning patients, relaying information to others and receiving information)
  • Stand, walk or sit for up to eight hours a day, five days a week
  • Carry, reach, stoop and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Have sufficient manual dexterity (using forceps to move an object, handling needles and syringes, etc.)
  • Have a visual acuity (either on your own or with corrective lenses) that enables you to read information printed on medication labels
  • Have enough color vision to recognize differences in colors of solutions and sutures
  • Have an auditory acuity (either on your own or with auditory aids) that allows you to understand a normal speaking voice without seeing the speaker's face
  • Wear a scrub shirt and scrub trousers up to a size 3X

Application/Contact Information

Download the program booklet and application by clicking below.

If you would like to request an application packet be mailed/emailed to you, contact Diana Carlton at 317.962.5470 or You may also pick up program information at Wile Hall, 1812 North Capitol Avenue, 6th floor, Room 629.

For further questions regarding the program, email Terry Myers or call him at 317.962.1864

Anatomy and Physiology Course

The Anatomy and Physiology Course is not required to take prior to the program but highly recommended.

If you would like to register for the Anatomy and Physiology course offered at IU Health, click here to download the current registration form and course info.

For further questions regarding the course, contact Diana Carlton.