Surgical Technology Program

Modern surgery has been like a miracle to those who thought the pain was going to go on forever.
- Maeve Binchy, Novelist After Undergoing Hip Surgery

What is Surgical Technology?  

Surgical Technology is what keeps operating rooms sterile, stocked and in full lifesaving mode. Surgical technologists prepare both the patient and the operating room for surgery, including making the final check on monitoring and other equipment to ensure that all is in working order.  They assist the rest of the surgical team in scrubbing for surgery and are responsible for handing instruments to surgeons, monitoring patients’ vital statistics, and transferring patients to recovery.

The Surgical Technology Program at Macomb

Macomb’s Surgical Technology Program provides you with a unique career ladder:  earn a Skills Specific Certificate in Central Processing Distribution Technician (regular admission procedures apply) in one semester, preparing you for an entry-level position as a sterile processing technician. Then, you may choose to apply through selective admissions to the Surgical Technology Associate Degree/Certificate Program, which prepares you for a supporting role as a member of the surgical team. Upon successful completion of this program, students will sit for the national certification examination. Those who pass the examination, earn the title Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology Program prepares competent surgical technology graduates with entry-level abilities in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains in surgical technology.

Surgical Technology Courses at Macomb

In the Surgical Technology Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Orientation to Central Processing Distribution Technician
  • Central Processing Distribution Technician Clinical
  • Introduction to Surgical Patient Care Techniques
  • Surgical Clinical 1 & 2
  • Surgical Specialties 1 & 2
  • Surgical Pharmacology
  • Surgical Seminar

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Surgical Technology or a Skill Specific Certificate in Surgical Technology – Central Processing Distribution Technician

With a Certificate in Surgical Technology, you will be qualified for positions that include surgical assistant. With a Skill Specific Certificate in Surgical Technology – Central Processing Distribution Technician, you will be qualified for positions that include sterile processing technician. With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology, you will be qualified for positions that include surgical technologist.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree  

The credits earned in Macomb’s Surgical Technology Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

Surgical Technology Program Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology, and the Certificate in Surgical Technology-Surgical Technologist programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (702) 210-2350, on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, 303.694.9262.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Surgical Technology Program?

For more information, contact Surgical Technology Program advisor: Professor Elizabeth Ness, 586.286.2192, nesse@macomb.edu.

Find out more now with the complete Surgical Technology Program Description.



Students learn how to prepare surgical instruments in Macomb’s Surgical Technology Program.
Students learn how to prepare
surgical instruments in Macomb’s
Surgical Technology Program.


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