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Collaborative Programs - Surgical Tech

Surgical Tech Program

Online Program offered by;

Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, Muskegon Community College
through Michigan Colleges Online.

Surgical Tech Program Description

The Surgical Technology Program at MCC is an Associate Degree in Applied Science program that will be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This program includes courses that lead to a Sterile Processing Certificate. The curriculum includes science courses selected to provide a basis for the clinical and theory application of principles used in Surgical Technology. Basic courses in the theoretical aspects of Surgical Technology include lecture, clinical, and on-line instruction. All Surgical Technology courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C+. The goal of the program is to prepare entry-level surgical technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Throughout the program, students are provided with hands-on experience in cooperation with various hospitals under the direction of the Program Director/Instructor. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination administered by PSI Testing and endorsed by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). This examination has been incorporated into the program at the student's expense and is non-refundable.

Collaborative Program Model

The Collaborative Surgical Technology Consortium program model allows for both apprentices and traditional college students to attain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology and take the National board exam. Lab and Clinical education will be dependent on student location. Consortium students will take their general education courses through their degree-granting college. Core courses will be taken through the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO). The MCO allows seamless transfer of courses between the provider college (MCC) and the degree-granting college. Each partner college will provide preceptors and clinical education sites within their service area for students accepted into the program.

General Education Courses

General Education Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hr
ST-101 Surgical Asepsis 2 credits
ST-102 Sterile Processing I 5 credits
ST-103 Sterile Processing Externship 3 credits
ST-110 Fundamentals of Surg Tech 3 credits
ST-100 The Surgical Patient 2 credits
ST-115 Surgical Pharmacology 2 credits
ST-150 Basic Operative Procedures 2 credits
ST-210 Applied Surgical Techniques 1 2 credits
ST-211 Applied Surgical Techniques II 3 credits
ST-151 Advance Surgical Procedures 6 credits
ST-200 Surgical Specialty/ Prof Prep 2 credits
ST-212 Applied Surgical Techniques III 4 credits
ST-213 Applied Surgical Techniques IV 4 credits


Course Sequence

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Human Anatomy Human Physiology Oral Communications Surgical Pharmacology Advanced Surgical Procedures
Medical Terminology Sterile Processing Externship Principles of Sociology Basic Operative Procedures Applied Surgical Techniques III
Surgical Asepsis English Composition I Biomedical Ethics Surgical Specialty/Prof Prep Applied Surgical Techniques IV
Sterile Processing I   Fundamentals of Surg Tech Surgical Clinical Compliance  
    The Surgical Patient Applied Surgical Techniques I  
      Applied Surgical Techniques II  


For Further Information on the program please contact:

Stephanie Allen, Program Director: sallen@mcca.org