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Surgical Technology (APST)

Associate in Applied Science Degree


A surgical technologist (ST) serves the patient's interest primarily by providing assistance to the surgeon. The surgical technologist's primary task during an operative procedure is to anticipate the perioperative needs of the surgeon and surgical patient. Students in this program must be well grounded in the basic sciences, especially anatomy, microbiology, and pathophysiology. The surgical technologist contributes to global patient care by serving as a team member who monitors the surgical environment.

Admissions Requirements

Student applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Upon acceptance of the application, the student will be placed on the Surgical Technology program waitlist. Students are encouraged to complete required general education courses and other non-SUR courses while on the waitlist until they are notified of their program start date. Minimally, students are required to complete all prerequisite courses before proceeding into the formal Surgical Technology program, which begins with their second course semester.

Program Initiation:
Each year approximately 20 students move from the waitlist into the formal program initiation. Students are taken from the waitlist in numerical order in which they were admitted, with priority given to Washtenaw County residents. Please review the "Admission and Waitlist Process for High Demand Programs" document that is posted on the following website:www4.wccnet.edu/studentservices/studentconnection/admissions/ . This document explains WCC's waitlist process and priority level.

Applying for Admission to the Program
A formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site: www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/

Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building. An application to the Surgical Technology program will not be accepted until all admission requirements are completed.

Requirements for application are:
- Academic Math Level of 3 or MTH 160, MTH 167, MTH 169 or any math level 4 or higher course with a minimum grade of "C"
- HSC 101 with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a 4.0 scale)
- BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a 4.0 scale)
- PHY 105 with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a 4.0 scale)
- Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.7. Only transcripts that provide an admission requirement course will be used in calculation of the cumulative GPA. If a transcript is submitted for an admission requirement course, the cumulative transcript GPA will be used in a weighted calculation of the cumulative GPA requirement.
- Criminal background check (review application for details)
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language
- Declaration of residency status (note that Washtenaw County residents are given priority in program initiation).

Admission to the Surgical Technology program is contingent upon students declaring that they have specific physical and cognitive abilities. These requirements are detailed in the Surgical Technology program admission packet. WCC reserves the right to request that students successfully demonstrate the specific cognitive and physical abilities related to the Surgical Technology program.

Continuing Eligibility

- Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
- Minimum "C+" or better for all SUR courses
- Students may be required to have additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence as requested by specific clinical facilities. Failure to receive an acceptable criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time, will result in dismissal from the program.
- Completed health history form (physical examination)
- Negative TB skin test
- Current health insurance
- Current BLS/CPR certification

Contact Information

Math, Science & Health
Allied Health Department
Susan Travis, Paulette Woods-Ramsey


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Credits
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function 5
HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology 1
PHY 105 Conceptual Physics 4
Total 10
First Semester
Class Title Credits
BIO 237 Microbiology 4
MTH 160, MTH 167, MTH 169 or any math level 4 or higher course 3 - 4
Elective(s) Speech 3
Elective(s) Writing 3 - 4
Total 13 - 15
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Technology/Surgical Patient 5
SUR 170 Surgical Pharmacology 2
SUR 180 Surgical Procedures I 3
SUR 181 Surgical Procedures I Lab 2
Total 12
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
SUR 210 Surgical Procedures II 3
SUR 211 Surgical Procedures II Lab 2
SUR 231 Clinical Education I 1
SUR 270 Biomedical Science and Minimally Invasive Surgery 2
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science 3
Elective credit to reach a minimum of 60 credit hours. 1
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class Title Credits
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 3
SUR 241 Clinical Education II 4
SUR 250 Surgical Technology Seminar 3
Total 10
Total Credits Required
60 - 62


*See Program Admission Requirements section.

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