Degree Description

A Certified Surgical Technologist assists in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Students will learn sterile processing, fundamentals of surgical technique, surgical pharmacology, applied surgical techniques and basic operative procedures.

The Surgical Technology Program:

  • Is five semesters long, including Summer classes
  • Includes 66-67 (classroom, lab and applied)
  • Current sterile processors may articulate up to 12 Credit Hours.
  • A recent physical examination and criminal background check are required for all Surgical Technology students

Where you'll work

A Surgical Technologist can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • General and Specialty Hospitals
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Home Health Care Services
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

What you will earn

  • Average pay: $47,670 per year (in Michigan)
  • Employment Outlook: 6% growth, representing about 9,600 job openings per year

Collaborative Program Model

The Collaborative Surgical Technology Consortium program model allows for both apprentices and traditional college students to attain an Associate Applied Science in degree Surgical Technology and sit for the National board exam. Students will take their didactic courses online as a cohort, through both synchronous and asynchronous instruction models. Lab and Clinical education will be dependent on student location. The program is designed to meet the needs of employers.

The Collaborative Surgical Technology Consortium program model allows for both apprentices and traditional college students to attain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology and take the National Board exam. Lab and Clinical education will be dependent on student location. Consortium students will take their general education courses through their degree-granting college. Core courses will be taken through the EPiC Consortium learning management system. The consortium model allows seamless transfer of courses between the provider college (Mott Community College) and the degree granting college. Each partner college will provide preceptors and clinical education sites within their service area for students accepted into the program.

Upon successful completion of the first two semesters of the program students will be eligible to sit for the Sterile Processing certification exam.

More information can be found at: The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

Career Possibilities

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Program Information

NOTE: Students with a CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) certificate may be awarded 11 toward the Surgical Technology AAS degree. The 11 awarded would be for AHLT-102, SURG-101, SURG-102 and SURG-103. Students certified in Basic Life Support/CPR may be awarded one additional credit hour for HEAL-125 toward the Surgical Technology AAS degree.

Course Schedule

You may not register for SURG classes without employer sponsorship or a registered apprenticeship.

Semester 1
13 Credit Hours
15 Contact Hours Hours

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Semester 2
10 Credit Hours
12 Contact Hours

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Semester 3
14 or 15 Credit Hours
16 or 17 Contact Hours

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(if placement into MATH 120 not met)
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Semester 4
11 Credit Hours
11 Contact Hours

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Semester 5
14 Credit Hours
14 Contact Hours

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