Surgical Technology Program

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. After you complete the program, you may apply through selective admissions to the surgical technology 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 goal is to prepare competent surgical technology graduates with entry-level abilities in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains in surgical technology.

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.


Central Processing Distribution Technician

  • Decontamination, assembly
    and sterilization of instruments
  • Distribution of hospital equipment
    and supplies
  • Application of principles of aseptic techniques
  • Emphasis on a patient centered care concepts

Surgical Technologist

  • Open supplies and equipment for procedures
  • Scrub, gown and glove
  • Perform setup of sterile field
  • Pass instruments and items to surgeon during surgery
  • Perform surgical counts
  • Be a valued member of the surgical team


  • Skills Specific Certificate in Surgical Technology – Central Processing Distribution Technician
  • Certificate in Surgical Technology – Surgical Technologist
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree

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

For more information, contact the Surgical Technology program advisor:
Professor Elizabeth Ness, 586.286.2192

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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