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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

Washtenaw Community College uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. Each year, approximately 20 students are accepted to the program for a Fall semester start. There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. This is a full-time program; no part-time option is available. For detailed information regarding admission to this health care program, please visit our Health Care website at health.wccnet.edu .

Prerequisite and program requirements along with WCC's point system and scales are reviewed annually and subject to change. Students are expected to meet the prerequisite and program requirements of the catalog term for the semester in which they first begin the program. Details regarding WCC's Admission to High Demand Programs policy including priority levels are on WCC's Board of Trustees policy page: www.wccnet.edu/trustees/policies/2005/. Details regarding WCC's point scales that are used to calculate points are on WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program, information page: www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/health-second-program/ .

Requirements for application are:
1. Admission to WCC.
2. Program prerequisite courses:
a. MTH 125 or MTH 160 or MTH 176 or any Academic Math Level 4 or higher level course with a minimum grade of C/2.0. Students with an Academic Math Level 3 may apply.
b. HSC 101 or HSC 124 with a minimum grade of B-/2.7.
c. BIO 111 with a minimum grade of B-/2.7.
3. Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.7 (total cumulative GPA of all schools that provide a required program prerequisite course will be included in the calculation).
4. Signed Abilities Statement (in the admissions packet). WCC reserves the right to request, before and during the program, that students successfully demonstrate specific physical and cognitive abilities related to this program.
5. Students must possess a high school diploma or GED prior to clinical courses.
6. Students must be 18 years old prior to clinical courses.
7. Residency verification.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A formal application and acceptance to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program, information page www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/health-second-program/ . Completed and signed applications must be submitted during the dates indicated on the application to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Office in the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.

Requirements After Acceptance
Upon acceptance, students must purchase an account from a college-designated vendor to obtain a criminal background check and to track their health records. The criminal background check and health records must be submitted to the designated vendor. Specific information regarding the college-designated vendor, health records, and deadline dates will be provided at the mandatory orientation session.

Continuing Eligibility

1. Additional background checks may be conducted at any time during the program. Students may be required to have drug testing as well as additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence as requested by specific clinical facilities. Any student found to have a positive drug screen for drugs prohibited by State of Michigan or Federal law (including marijuana) or controlled substances will be dismissed from the program. Failure to receive an acceptable criminal background/fingerprinting at any time, will result in dismissal from the program.
2. Students will be required to attend a hospital orientation session prior to starting their clinical rotation.
3. Students will be required to submit health records annually while in the program and must complete any other health requirements as designated by the clinical sites.
4. Students will be required to purchase special uniforms and supplies throughout the duration of the program.
5. Students will be required to demonstrate that they have maintained competency in all skills taught throughout their progression through the program. Failure to demonstrate continued competency will result in dismissal from the program.
6. All Surgical Technology (SUR) courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C+/2.3 and all support courses to the program must be completed with a minimum grade of C/2.0 unless otherwise specified.
7. Students must have reliable transportation to clinical education sites, which may require a commute of up to one hour.
8. Students who are dismissed from the program may not be eligible to reapply to the program.

Contact Information

Health Sciences
Allied Health Department
Susan Travis


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Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum Credits
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function 5
HSC 101 or Healthcare Terminology
HSC 124 Medical Terminology 1
MTH 125 or Everyday College Math
MTH 160 or Basic Statistics
MTH 176 or College Algebra
Any Academic Math Level 4 or higher Math Course 3
Total 9
Semester 1 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum Credits
SUR 101 Introduction to Sterile Processing 6
BIO 237 Microbiology 4
ENG 111 or Composition I
ENG 226 Composition II 3
Elective(s) Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 16
Semester 2 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum 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
Semester 3 (Spring/Summer)
Class Title Minimum Credits
HSC 131 CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid 1
SUR 270 Biomedical Science and Minimally Invasive Surgery 2
Total 3
Semester 4 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum Credits
SUR 210 Surgical Procedures II 3
SUR 211 Surgical Procedures II Lab 2
SUR 231 Clinical Education I 1
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science 3
Elective(s) to reach a minimum 60 credits 1
Total 10
Semester 5 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum Credits
SUR 241 Clinical Education II 4
SUR 250 Surgical Technology Seminar 3
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 3
Total 10
Total Credits Required

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