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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 44% in 2018-19, 89% in 2017-18, and 90% in 2016-17.

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), 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 the program advisor: Professor Elizabeth Ness, 586.286.2192,

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