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Surgical Technology

Career and Technical Program

The Fall 2021 Surgical Technology Program application opens March 22, 2021. The application period is March 22, 2021 – June 10, 2021. No application materials will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on the June 10, 2021 application deadline. Applicants will be notified no later than July 16, 2021 regarding the potential interview and/or selection process update.

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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 in accordance with the American Medical Association and the Association of Surgical Technologist guidelines. A clinical externship 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 selective 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.

The North Idaho College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 – 113th St. North, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110,
Littleton, Colorado, 80120
(303) 694-9262


Graduate Outcomes

The following is program outcomes of graduates taking the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certifying exam the first time:

2020: 100% pass rate

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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