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 a Surgical Technologist?
The surgical technologist is a member of the operating room team responsible for preparing instruments, supplies and equipment required for surgical procedures. After scrubbing, gowning and gloving, the surgical technologist prepares the sterile field for surgery, including performing counting of instruments, sponges, sharps and other items used during the operation. The scrubbed surgical technologist assists the surgeon and sterile team members with gowning and gloving and is responsible for passing instruments, medications and other sterile items to the surgeon during the surgical procedure.
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 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.
Macomb Community College Surgical Technology Program’s CST Pass Rate Information
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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:
Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology or a Skill Specific Certificate in Surgical Technology – Central Processing Distribution Technician
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), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 , Clearwater, FL 33763, (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, firstname.lastname@example.org