Associate in Applied Science (SUR.APP)
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
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
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.