Surgical Technologist

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Description: 

Prepares individuals for employment as entry-level surgical technologists. In the first year of the program, students complete the basic technical and academic support courses. The second year focuses on advanced technical courses and the clinical component of the program. There are two major clinical courses in the second year of the program. Students spend approximately 600 hours in a variety of diverse, quality clinical settings. Core courses in the program are offered only in the semester as indicated in the course sequence. This program meets the standard program guidelines for clinical case requirements.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Select the items needed to open a sterile field for an operative procedure.
  • Create the sterile field including gowning staff, setting up sterile equipment, instruments, and supplies, and draping the surgical patient.
  • Maintain the sterile field throughout the surgical procedure.
  • Demonstrate handling of surgical instruments and sharps during the surgical procedure.
  • Demonstrate intraoperative handling of sterile medications used on the OR field.
  • Demonstrate accurate and appropriate surgical counts.
  • Communicate and collaborate with OR team members to deliver effective and efficient intraoperative care to the surgical patient.
  • Model professional behavior within the health care setting.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Students who meet all admission requirements are considered qualified and are admitted to the program once per year in the fall semester on a "first qualified, first admitted" basis. Acceptance into the college does not constitute nor guarantee admission to the program. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Surgical Technology Program Director. Students who are interested in this program should select Associate of Science with a specialization in Pre-Surgical Technology degree, and meet with a Health Careers Advisor/Admissions Specialist in the Welcome Center.

  1. Minimum high school grade-point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale), or if student has taken college courses, a minimum of 12 academic credits, excluding less than 100-level courses, HPE activity, studio and performance classes (if applicable)
  2. COMPASS Reading score 84 or better
  3. BIO-135: Microbiology for Allied Health Sciences or college equivalent with C or higher
  4. COMPASS Writing score sufficient for placement in ENG 131. This requirement may also be fulfilled by successful completion of required developmental English courses.

The Program Admission Process

It is recommended that students interested in a health career meet with a Health Careers Admissions Assistant/Advisor in the Welcome Center or (313) 845-9877 to discuss program options, and then create an academic plan to qualify for the selected program.

Step 1 - Apply to the program

  • First time applicants to HFC will indicate the program by selecting an Associate of Science with a specialization in Pre-Surgical Technology degree on the application to the college.
  • Current HFC students must complete a program change form indicating the new program as an Associate of Science with a specialization in Pre-Surgical Technology degree. College applications and program change forms must be submitted to the Records and Registration Office located in the Welcome Center.

Step 2 – Qualifying for admission

  • Complete all program admission requirements.

Step 3 - Deliver information and track applicant status

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain official transcripts are sent to: Henry Ford College, Transfer Evaluation, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128-2407
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain all necessary records are submitted to the Health Careers Admissions Assistant in the Welcome Center.
  • Students are responsible to monitor their program admission progress via the WebAdvisor Program Evaluation link.

Step 4 - Qualifying and admission

  • Students are qualified when all of the program’s admission criteria have been satisfied.
  • Applicants are admitted on a “first-qualified, first-admitted” basis. Application date may be used to determine placement on the qualified list if necessary.
  • Students will only be contacted via the contact information provided through WebAdvisor. It is imperative that all student contact information such as phone numbers and addresses are kept current. If the College is unable to contact a student, then the College will move onto the next qualified applicant.
  • Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Surgical Technology Program Director.

Students are encouraged to complete as many of the Required Support/General Education courses as possible prior to entering the program. The first courses that a student should complete are those required for program admission followed by the other Required Support/General Education courses.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
70.5 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Prior to staring the program

Qualified students are invited and must attend an informational meeting scheduled by the Program Director for Surgical Technology.

Program Deposit

At the time of formal admission to the program, each applicant is required to pay a $100 fee to secure a place in the program. This fee is refunded only if the student is still active in the program in late October of Fall Term I. Required core courses can be taken only after acceptance into the SRG Program through the Health Careers Division.

Health Appraisal

Students in the SRG program must meet the same physical and mental health requirements as a surgical technologist. A representative SRG job profile listing these requirements, as well as environmental conditions of this occupation, is available through the Health Careers Office. Students requiring accommodation should directly contact the HFC Assisted Learning Services.

Final acceptance and continuation in the SRG program is contingent upon fulfilling and maintaining minimum program requirements and proof of the following by specified deadline dates:

  • Physical examination (must meet job profile requirements as determined by a physician and validated on health form)
  • Required titers from previous immunizations and needed immunizations from titer results, if necessary. Evidence of titers must be provided by submission of current lab copies
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Vaccinations as required by health care community
  • Current AHA, BLS Healthcare Provider card as evidence of CPR completion. Valid through two years of the program
  • Health insurance coverage for the clinical aspects of the program
  • Drug screening and criminal background check

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Consistent with Section 20173 of the Michigan Public Health Code and the requirements of our clinical affiliates, a criminal background check and drug screen are required for all students in the SRG program prior to beginning clinical assignments. The cost for test is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule. For questions regarding this policy, contact the Health Careers Office.

NOTE: Students who are not cleared for clinical through the health appraisal, criminal background check, and drug screen will not be able to complete the program.

Other Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses for successful completion of the program. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites and any expenses incurred.

Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

Program is twenty-one months in length. Students must complete all SRG courses within three years of beginning the formal program.

The College continuously attempts to improve each program and as a result, courses and/or requirements may be modified. Curriculum, course content, and admission criteria are subject to change by action of the College faculty and administration. Contact the Health Careers Office at 313-845-9877 for any current program updates or visit www.hfcc.edu.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Applicants considering a career in Surgical Technology should be aware that during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field, they are likely to work in situations where exposure to infectious disease is possible. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the Surgical Technology program of study.

Latex Allergies Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The program faculty strongly advises that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in the Surgical Technology program must notify the program director

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for the designation of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Accreditation: 

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting 303-694-9262. CAAHEP can be reached at www.caahep.org.

Year Established: 
1997
Program Code: 
SURTC.AAS
Division: 
Health Careers
Department: 
Surgical Technology

Contact

Health Sciences Division • (313) 845-9635 • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-132
Keambra Overall • (313) 317-6598 • kjones15052@hfcc.edu • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-133K

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

Career Opportunities: 

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation tools, and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Surgical technologists work in operating and delivery rooms, emergency room facilities, and the ambulatory care areas of hospitals and other medical institutions. They may also work in clinics and physicians’ offices. Many surgical technologists are employed directly by surgeons and specialize in fields such as orthopedics, etc. A representative job profile for a surgical technologist can be obtained through the Health Careers Office.

Helpful qualities for surgical technologists include:

  • a strong sense of responsibility
  • an ability to work well with others
  • emotional stability
  • an ability to respond quickly
  • an ability to be orderly and work quickly
  • an ability to work well under stress

Opportunities

Demand for surgical technologists should remain strong due to the rising population of older persons, the segment of the population with the greater frequency of health care needs. Information regarding career placement and job success is available through either the Health Careers Office or the HFC Career Services Office.