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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

This program prepares graduates with entry-level abilities in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains in surgical technology.

This program provides you with a unique career ladder: earn a Skill 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 Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Surgical Technology, 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 of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Macomb’s CST pass rate was 100% in 2020-2021, 91% in 2019-2020, and 44% in 2018-2019.

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Surgical Technology

  1. Save $20,000 by starting here - over 80% of our students leave debt free
  2. Nearly 250 private and transfer scholarships
  3. What you need to succeed, including free tutoring

Surgical Technology Courses at Macomb

  • 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 in Surgical Technology

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

Job-posting data can give you insights about employers seeking job applicants, where those jobs are located, and the average salary being offered. Use the Career Insights Tool to see national, state or metropolitan area information.

Data are provided by Burning Glass Technologies and drawn from large area samples. Data are not drawn from Macomb Community College-specific student or program outcomes.



Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in this 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.


Both the associate degree and certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 33763, 727.210.2350, on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 19751 East Mainstreet, Suite #339, Parker, CO 80138, 303.694.9262,

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

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

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

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