Surgical Technology (SUR.APP)

Extended Degree - Associate in Applied Science

Health Sciences

Southfield Campus

The Associate Degree Surgical Technology Curriculum leads to an associate in applied science degree and is designated as an extended degree program in that the student must complete a minimum of 73 or more required credit hours. A graduate may be employed at a hospital operating room, surgical center or private office setting. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the student to take the National Certification Examination for the Surgical Technologist.

Currently certified Surgical Technologists who do not have a degree may enroll in the required general education courses as outlined in the college catalog. Applicants will be granted a degree upon successful completion of the entire program. The course of study combines general education in the humanities and the biological, behavioral and social sciences with instruction in the theory and practice of surgical technology.

Program Admission Procedures

Students must first be admitted to the college and must designate surgical technology (SUR.APP) as their curriculum. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the program. Registration in the SUR courses is possible only after the student is interviewed and admitted into the track through a selection process based on a system of priorities. Each year there are a limited number of students admitted to the program through a selection process.

Basic admission requirements include:

  • High school diploma or completion of GED
  • Declaration of Surgical Technology (SUR.APP) as the designated curriculum choice
  • Completion of ALL required supportive courses with a grade of “B” or higher
  • Completion of General Education requirements with a grade of “C” or higher
  • Attendance at a records review session with the Program Director or designee
  • Validated attendance at an Information Session
  • Completion of a program application and checklist with a counselor at the Southfield campus

All requirements and procedures for admission must be completed by the end of the semester preceding intended program enrollment. Students who are accepted into the program are notified in writing no later than 1 month prior to admission.

In order to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA), students must obtain a “C” or better in all the currently required college and program courses for an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

The policies and regulations regarding admission, progression and retention in the program, as well as certification are outlined in the student handbook that is provided to each student enrolled in the program. In addition to the tuition, students incur extra costs such as liability insurance, pre-admission health examination, supplies, travel expense for clinical, and application fee for membership to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the SUR program. This program is designed as a full-time study; however, students may complete the required pre-requisites on a part time basis.

A mandatory criminal history check with fingerprinting and drug screening will be conducted on all students selected to the Surgical Technology program, prior to the start of the program, at the student's expense.  Students may apply but will be excluded from the program based on any of the following:

  1. Conviction of a felony or conviction of any attempt to commit a felony within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or
  2. Conviction of a misdemeanor within the 5 years immediately preceding the criminal history check; or
  3. A positive drug or alcohol screening test.

In addition to the regular tuition, Surgical Technology students incur extra costs including, but not limited to; liability insurance, health examination, uniforms, required vaccinations, travel, and certification fees.  For further details contact the Surgical Technology Department at (248) 233-2916.

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Major Requirements
SUR 1500Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist2
SUR 2150Clinical Practicum I4
SUR 2350Clinical Practicum II4
SUR 2370Clinical Practicum III6
SUR 2410Foundations of Surgical Technology I4
SUR 2420Foundations of Surgical Technology II6
SUR 2430Surgical Procedures I6
SUR 2440Surgical Procedures II6
SUR 2450Surgical Instrumentation & Equipment4
SUR 2460Capstone & Certificate Preparatory2
Required Supportive Courses
BIO 2630Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2640Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 15101Composition I 3-4
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
MAT 11002Elementary Algebra 4
MDA 1103Medical Terminology3
MDA 1350Medical Law and Ethics3
PSY 25101Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one of the following BIO courses:3-4
Microbiology of Health and Disease 3
Select one of the following ENG courses:3-4
Composition II 3
Professional Communication 4
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses75-80
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)3
Social Science (3-credits)
Written Communication (3-credits)
Total Credit Hours80-83

Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.


Or higher level Mathematics Course

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

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