Surgical Technologist

Program Information

Program Code: 
SURTC.AAS...
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
2002
Contact: 
Health Careers - (313) 845-9877 - healthcareers@hfcc.edu
Description: 

The Surgical Technologist is an Associate in Applied Science degree program designed to prepare 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 will spend approximately 600 hours in a variety of diverse, quality clinical settings. This program meets the Standard Program Guidelines for Clinical Case Requirements. 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.

Career Opportunities: 

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.

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 HFCC Placement Office.

A representative job profile for a surgical technologist can be obtained through the Health Careers Office. Students requiring accommodation should directly contact the HFCC Assisted Learning Services.

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

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.

Those with latex sensitivity or allergies should consult with a physician prior to entering the program for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career.

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 Technologiy 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 Assisitng 303-694-9262. CAAHEP can be reached at www.caahep.org.

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 HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC 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:

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

The Surgical Technology (SRG) core program begins in the fall semester. In addition to the HFCC college application, a separate SRG application is required and processed through the Admissions Office. Early application is advised for counseling and admission to the program. Students are accepted into the program on a “first-qualified, first-accepted” basis. Acceptance into the college does not constitute nor guarantee admission to the program. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Health Careers Division.

SRG Program Admission Criteria

  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 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

Students in the SRG program must meet the same physical and mental requirements as a surgical technologist. A representative SRG Job Profile lists the specific physical and mental requirements as well as the environmental conditions of this occupation.

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.

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. 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.

Additional Program Requirements: 

Prior to staring the program:

Applicants 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.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.

The Program Application Process

Step 1 - Select your career program

  • It is recommended that each applicant meet with a Health Careers Advisor, 313-845-9877 to discuss program options and then to create an academic plan to qualify for the selected program. It is suggested that you first select and apply to your program of choice before you begin any of the prerequisite course work.

Step 2 - Apply to the program

  • First time applicants to HFCC will indicate the program selection on the application to the college. This process automatically applies you to your program of choice.
  • Current HFCC students selecting to change their program of study to a health career program must complete a specific program application. Program applications are available in the Health Career/Nursing Admissions office located on the first floor of the Welcome Center, and in the Health Careers Office in the Health Careers Education Center.

Step 3 - Deliver information and track application

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that all transcripts, grades and/or necessary records are submitted to the Health Careers/Nursing Admissions office, located on the first floor of the Welcome Center.
  • Program applicants transferring college credit from another institution must have an official transcript mailed to: Henry Ford Community College, Transfer Evaluation, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128.
  • Applicants must also submit a student copy of all of their transcripts to the Health Careers/Nursing Admissions office.
  • It is strongly recommended that you personally track your specific program application through the Health Careers/Nursing Admissions office, located on the first floor of the Welcome Center, 313-317-6525.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to monitor their program admission status via the WebAdvisor Program Evaluation link.
  • It is imperative that all student contact information such as phone numbers and addresses is kept current through the Registration office. If we are unable to contact you, we then will move to the next qualified applicant.

Step 4 - Qualifying and admission

  • Students are qualified when all of the program’s admission criteria have been satisfied.
  • Applicants are then admitted on a first qualified, first accepted basis for available positions. A student’s application date to the program either by indication on the HFCC application or the separate program application may be used to determine placement on the qualified list if necessary. The earlier you apply the better.
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.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites and any expenses incurred.

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.

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

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

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.