Oakland Community College 


Associate in Applied Science (SUR.APP)                                                                                                                     Southfield Campus

     The Associate Degree Surgical Technology Curriculum leads to an associate in applied science degree and is designated as an extended degree program in that the student must complete a minimum of 73 or more required credit hours. A graduate may be employed at a hospital operating room, surgical center or private office setting. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the student to take the National Certification Examination for the Surgical Technologist.

     Currently certified Surgical Technologists who do not have a degree may enroll in the required general education courses as outlined in the college catalog. Applicants will be granted a degree upon successful completion of the entire program. The course of study combines general education in the humanities and the biological, behavioral and social sciences with instruction in the theory and practice of surgical technology.

Program admission procedures:

Students must first be admitted to the college and must designate surgical technology (SUR.APP) as their curriculum. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the program. Registration in the SUR courses is possible only after the student is interviewed and admitted into the track through a selection process based on a system of priorities. Each year there are a limited number of students admitted to the program through a selection process.

Basic admission requirements include:

  • High school diploma or completion of GED
  • Declaration of Surgical Technology (SUR.APP) as the designated curriculum choice
  • Completion of ALL required supportive courses with a grade of "B" or higher
  • Completion of General Education requirements with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Attendance at a records review session with the Program Director or designee
  • Validated attendance at an Information Session
  • Completion of a program application and checklist with a counselor at the Southfield campus

All requirements and procedures for admission must be completed by DECEMBER 15 of the year preceding intended program enrollment. Students who are accepted into the program are notified in writing no later than APRIL 1.

   In order to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA), students must obtain a "C" or better in all the currently required college and program courses for an Associate in Applied Science Degree.
     The policies and regulations regarding admission, progression and retention in the program, as well as certification are outlined in the student handbook that is provided to each student enrolled in the program. In addition to the tuition, students incur extra costs such as liability insurance, pre-admission health examination, supplies, travel expense for clinical, and application fee for membership to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the SUR program. This program is designed as a full-time study; however, students may complete the required pre-requisites on a part time basis.
     A mandatory criminal history check and drug screening will be conducted on all students selected to the Surgical Technology program, prior to the start of the program. 1) Conviction of a felony or any attempt to commit a felony within 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or 2) conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding the criminal history check, and or positive drug screen will preclude eligibility for admission. For further details contact the Surgical Technology Department at 248.233.2914.

Major Requirements Credits
SUR 1500 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 2
SUR 2150 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum I 4
SUR 2350 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum II 4
SUR 2370 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum III 6
SUR 2410 Foundations of Surgical Technology I
SUR 2420 Foundations of Surgical Technology II 6
SUR 2430 Surgical Procedures I 6
SUR 2440 Surgical Procedures II 6
SUR 2450 Surgical Instrumentation and Equipment 4
SUR 2460 Capstone and Certificate Preparatory 2
  Total 44

Required Supportive Courses
BIO 1570 Microbiology of Health and Disease 3
BIO 2710 Microbiology 4
BIO 2630 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 2640 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CIS 1000 Computer Literacy 1
CIS 1050 Personal Computer Productivity Tools (MS-Office) 4
ENG 1510 Composition I 3
ENG 1520 Composition II 3
ENG 2200 Professional Communication 4
MAT 1100 Elementary Algebra 4
MDA 1350 Medical Law and Ethics 3
MED 1103 Medical Terminology 3
PSY 2510 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Total Credits 31-36
See degree requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
See General Education Distribution Requirements
● Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.