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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. 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 operating room.

Duration of Training

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

Application Deadline

April 30, 2015 by 3pm

Program Start Date

August 31, 2015


$2,176.86 internal IU Health employees

$4,264.26 external non-employees

(Books and Scrubs additional)

Certificate or Degree


Upon successful completion of the program, students may apply to sit for the national certification exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).


High school diploma or GED

Summary, Course of Study

First semester (Orientation and Core Curriculum): medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, medical law and ethics, communication skills, 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.

To register for Anatomy and Physiology, click here to view and download the current registration form and course schedule offered at IU Health.

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
  • Show proof of personal health insurance coverage for the duration of the program, or be willing to sign a waiver of insurance form

Application/Contact Information

Download the Program Booklet by clicking below.

Or you may request an application packet be mailed to you using the following contact information:

IU Health Methodist Hospital
I-65 at 21st Street
Health Sciences Education
ATTN: Diana Carlton
Wile Hall, Room 631
P.O. Box 1367
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1367
Phone: 317.962.5470

You may also pick up program information at Wile Hall 1812 N Capitol Ave., 6th floor, Room 631. For further questions or curriculum information please email Terry Myers, or call 317.962.1864.