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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. For detailed information regarding admission to this health care program, please visit our Welcome to Health Care home page at:

Contact Information

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


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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

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