Pre-Surgical Technologist

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Science

Provides students with the general academic background to be successful in their chosen health care field. For students pursuing admission to the surgical technologist program, please follow these steps:

  1. Apply to the program. Students are strongly urged to meet with a health careers advisor within the first semester of course work.
  2. Complete the program admission course work.
  3. Complete the remaining program admission requirements
  4. Confirm with Health Careers Advisor completion of steps 1-3 and placement on the qualified/wait list.
  5. While on the qualified/wait list complete as many of the required general education and program support courses as possible.

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete 6 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG 131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  2. Complete 24 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  3. Complete 6 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Required Support Courses

Complete one of the following
Complete one of the following
Complete one of the following
Complete Three Additional Science Courses (at least one non-Biology course)
Complete Two Humanities Courses from Two Different Disciplines (subjects) from the following
ARA (Arabic); ART-107, 108, 110, 119, 121, 122, 123, 130, 135, 172, 209, 221, 224, 225, 226, 227, or 290; CHN (Chinese);
ITAL (Italian); FRE (French); GER (German); HUM-101, 250; INTR-180, 181, 182, 280; MUS-130, 132, 133, 134, 138, 139, 141, 142
MUS-147, 232, 233, 238; SPN (Spanish), THEA-131, 135, 138, 238; VTL-235, 262, 263, 264, 266, 267
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

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

Year Established: 
Health Careers
Health Careers Office


Health Sciences Division • (313) 845-9635 • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-132
Debra Szymanski • (313) 317-6580 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: H-133F

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,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include: