Year Started at Mercy College 2003 

Courses Regularly Taught 

  • SUR 101 Introduction to SurgicalTechnology 
  • SUR 109 Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology (with lab)
  • SUR 131 SurgicalTechniques and Procedures
  • SUR 132 Clinical I
  • SUR 140 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist
  • SUR 162 Clinical II/Preceptorship
  • SUR 163 Professionalism for the Surgical Technologist
  • SUR 201 Perioperative Professional Issues


  • Master of Science Degree, Capella University (2014)

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Surgical Technologist for 13 years

  • CST - Certified Surgical Technologist

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Surgical Technologists

Advice to Students/Favorite Quote

  • "Keep your thoughts positive because your thought become YOUR WORDS. Keep your words positive because your words become YOUR BEHAVIOR. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes YOUR HABITS. Keep our habits positive because your habits become YOUR VALUES. Keep your values positive because your values become YOUR DESTINY." 
    — Mahatma Gandhi

Personal History

My name is Kathryne Balmer, MS, CST and I want to welcome you to the Surgical Technology Program at Mercy College. Before we dive into the ins-and-outs of the operating room, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I received my Surgical Technology training at Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, Iowa. After completing the program I was employed as a Surgical Technologist for thirteen years. During those thirteen years, I found orthopedic and general surgeries to be most interesting.

The next page of my history book took place once again at Marshalltown Community College where I became the program chair for the Surgical Technology Program, and held that position for eleven years. I have currently been teaching Surgical Technology at Mercy College for ten years (and hope to retire here). When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, reading books about the Amish, and testing my skills at completing Sudoku puzzles.

My role as an educator is to develop new models of learning that translate into student development and academic success. As your instructor, I recognize who are you are as a learner from a learning-style perspective, from a generational standpoint, from a global point of view, and from an experiential aspect. I am very interested in what influences have shaped and built your character up to now; and how can these influences can be used as resources to empower each and every one of you to find your true identity and achieve academic and professional success.