Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

The life of a surgical patient depends in a very large part on the diligence and competence of the surgical technologist. The Surgical Technology program trains students in the skills necessary to assist in providing surgical care to patients.

Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to assist in the safe and effective care during surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment is in proper working order, and that the procedure is conducted under the highest standards of patient safety. The courses are taught by instructors who are current and former industry professionals eager to provide the student with real-world insights into the subjects they teach.

The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession. The instruction includes a robust academic curriculum for Surgical Technology education that encompasses: learner-based theoretical education, inter-professional education, simulation education, health care competency assessment and clinical education. The Surgical Technology program is located on the Southfield campus.   

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 healthcare workers. Persons should not become healthcare 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. 


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs - CAAHEP
9355 113th Street North #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210-2350  
Association of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants - ARCSTSA
19751 East Mainstreet Suite #339
Parker, CO 80138 
(303) 694-9262

A career as a Surgical Technologist?

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Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries. Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary non-degree award or an associate’s degree. Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. A small number of states regulate surgical technologists. *Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Information Sessions

All information sessions are approximately 2 hours long.  You must reserve a spot to attend. Sessions that are offered via Zoom require that your camera is on for the entire session.

Upcoming Surgical Technology Events

Surgical Technology Information Session
September 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Southfield Campus - Building A A214
Surgical Technology Information Session
October 09, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Surgical Technology Information Session
November 06, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Surgical Technology Information Session
December 05, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Virtual Event

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Credentials Received

Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to take a National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). 

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Program Plan

90% Certification Exam Pass Rate

In this Oakland Community College “Empower Yourself” video series, OCC surgical technology student Hadil Jonna from Farmington Hills, Michigan, shares her thoughts on how easy it was to register, take classes at convenient times and return to college as an adult student at OCC.