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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

Around April 30, 2017

The updated application packets for 2017-18 Surgical Technology Program Class will be available Jan. 1, 2017.

Program Start Date

August 2017


$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, 2013 – July 31, 2014 was 92 percent
  • Aug. 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015 was 97 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 residence visa 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.

Or you may request an application packet be mailed to you by contacting Diana Carlton at 317.962.5470 or

You may also pick up program information at Wile Hall, 1812 N Capitol Ave., 6th floor, Room 631.

To register for the Anatomy and Physiology courseview and download the current registration form and course schedule offered at IU Health.

For further questions, email Terry Myers or call him at 317.962.1864.