Surgical Technology

Career and Technical Program

Disclosure Statement

The North Idaho College Surgical Technology Program is seeking initial program accreditation and is not currently programmatically accredited. For questions regarding program accreditation please contact the program director, Rob Blackston.

The next cohort will launch in Fall 2019. The application will open March 25, 2019. The application deadline has been extended to July 11, 2019.

Please note: Science and Medical Terminology courses older than 7 years are now being accepted for program application! The SURG 100 prerequisite is also being waived for Fall 2019 applications. Students admitted to the program will need to take the SURG 100 course during the Fall 2019 semester along with other program-related courses.

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The Surgical Technology program prepares students for entry-level employment as surgical technologists in hospitals, surgery centers, and specialty clinics. The program combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction, which provides students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the field of surgical technology. A clinical experience begins in semester four of the Professional Component and provides students with the opportunity to work in real-life settings.

The Surgical Technology program is a competitive admissions program. Ten students are admitted to the Professional Component of the program each fall semester. Program requirements other than the Professional Component are open to all students who meet specific course prerequisites. An Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program. All Professional Component courses must be passed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of C+/2.3 and must be passed consecutively before continuing to the next courses.

Graduate Outcomes

Not applicable yet.

Admission Requirements

Competitive Entry

  1. Official high school transcripts or equivalent.
  2. Application to the Surgical Technology program.
  3. Minimum grades of C/2.0 must be earned in each of the prerequisite courses required for the program. The prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to the term for which Surgical Technology program application for admission is made.
    First Semester
    • BIOL-175 (Human Biology) or BIOL-227 & BIOL-228 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II)
    • CAOT-179 (Medical Terminology)
    • ENGL-101 or ENGL-102 (English Composition)
    • GEM 3 (Mathematical Ways of Knowing)*
    Second Semester
    • BACT-250 (General Microbiology)
    • PSYC-101 (Introduction to Psychology) or SOC-101 (Introduction to Sociology)
    • COMM-101 (Introduction to Speech Communication)
    • SURG-100 (Introduction to Surgical Technology)
  4. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance. Violations may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program. For questions regarding specific violations, please contact the program director

*Mathematics requirement includes any math course that is MATH-123 or higher and fulfills the A.A.S. degree requirements as listed in the NIC catalog.


Health Professions Advisor
(208) 625-2320

Rob Blackston, M.Ed., CST, CSFA
Program Director/Instructor
(208) 769-3236
Meyer Health and Sciences Building 146


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