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.
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: Policy 2005 – Admissions Policy. 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/start-now/degree/2nd-tier/ .
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. 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/start-now/degree/2nd-tier/ . 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 notification of acceptance to the program, 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 before attending the mandatory program orientation session. Specific information on the college-designated vendor will be included in the program acceptance letter.
1. Additional criminal 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. Failure to receive an acceptable drug test and/or
criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time, will result in dismissal from
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.
- Health Sciences
- Allied Health Department
- Susan Travis
(Items marked with an icon are available online.)
|BIO 111||Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function||5|
|HSC 101||or||Healthcare Terminology|
|HSC 124||Medical Terminology||1 - 3|
|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 - 4|
|Total||9 - 12|
Semester 1 (Fall)
Semester 2 (Winter)
Semester 3 (Spring/Summer)
|SUR 270||Biomedical Science and Minimally Invasive Surgery||2|
Semester 4 (Fall)
Semester 5 (Winter)
- Total Credits Required
- 61 - 65