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Surgical Technology

Passing the Scalpel

Safeguarding surgery

As a surgical technologist, you’ll likely be the first in the operating room. You’ll prepare the instruments surgeons use and set up a sterile field which you will monitor and maintain throughout the surgery.

You’ll also assist in draping the patient, perform counts of all instruments and items, ensuring that nothing is left behind in the surgical site, and pass instruments and other items to the surgeon during the operation.

It’s a crucial role on the surgical team and our program will prepare you to do it with skill and confidence.

For a look at all the courses in our program, consult the course list.

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Surgical Technology

State-of-the-Art Learning

Our faculty have all worked on surgical teams as surgical technologists and will make sure your skills are sharp and you know what to expect.

You’ll learn in classrooms, labs and on clinical assignment in a hospital as you gain the skills necessary to become a vital member of the surgical team.

Your courses will include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Orientation to Central Processing Distribution Technician
  • Introduction to Surgical Patient Care Techniques
  • Surgical Specialties
  • And more!

And the credits you earn in our courses will transfer to a four-year college or university if you’re interested in earning a bachelor’s degree and taking on greater responsibilities in the operating room.

Employment-ready certificate option

At Macomb, you have the option of earning a Central Processing Distribution Technician Certificate, qualifying you to work as a sterilizing processing technician.

It’s a resume-worthy experience in your field and an income while you pursue an associate degree in Surgical Technology.

And the certificate program does not fall under selective admission guidelines and can be completed in one semester after completing two prerequisite courses.

Ready for surgery?

Professor Elizabeth Ness is our program advisor and can answer your questions. Contact her at or 586.286.2192.

A shortage of surgical techs

There’s a great need for surgical technologists and you shouldn’t have any problem finding work after you complete our program.

Use this handy tool to see what’s available locally and what you can expect to earn.

And if you aren’t recruited out of the program or during your clinicals, our Career Services team can help you with the job search, preparing for interviews and polishing your resume.

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