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Surgical Technology - Advanced Certificate

If you already earned an associate degree and have completed the general education course requirements, you can start the Surgical Technologist program at Delta College.

Surgical technologists are an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective handling of surgical procedures, ensuring the operating room is safe, that equipment works properly and that the procedure maximizes patient safety.

Surgical technologists are well versed in sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation tools and technologies to assist a physician in various procedures.

About the program

The Surgical Technologist program at Delta College takes a year to complete and begins each Fall Semester. Before entering the program, students must complete prerequisites (see Program Details and Requirements) and the validation process for the program.

Training will include the care and safety of patients, how to set up technical or robotic equipment and preventing and controlling infections. In addition to classroom study, you will also work in supervised clinical settings in an area hospital to gain hands-on experience.

Graduates will be eligible to take the National Certifying Exam. Delta’s pass rate for this exam was 100 percent in 2015. employment rates are also very high.

Careers and job outlook

Most employment opportunities are in hospitals, but some surgical technologists work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians who perform outpatient surgery.

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012- 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

Surgical Technologists in Michigan earn an average of $42,480. The national average is $43,350.

Source: Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

What are students saying?

"You can never be completely prepared and I know I will encounter many challenges, but I am ready to tackle them head on!" – Angela Hunter

"My instructors taught me real life experiences that I can apply to my career. I feel confident and ready to go out into the working world." – Kelly Frendscho

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Rebecca Hall
Program Coordinator

Surgical Technology - Advanced Certificate

Program Code: CHA.35547

The Surgical Technologist’s primary function is to provide a safe, therapeutically effective environment for the surgical patient by assisting the surgeon and performing related services in the operating room. Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; ph: 727-210-2350; fx: 727-210-2354;

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 152W4Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W4Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
BIO 203W4General Microbiology ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
HSC 1052Medical Terminology ______________
HSC 1402Basic Medical Emergencies ______________
PSY 101W3Applied Psychology ______________
OR ______________
PSY 211W(4)General Psychology ______________
OR ______________
SOC 211W(3)Principles of Sociology ______________
ST 1003Introduction to Health Care Service ______________

Clinical Courses

First Semester

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ST 2072Pharmacology in the Operating Room ______________
ST 2102The Surgical Patient ______________
ST 2206Fundamentals of Surgical Technology ______________
ST 2304Surgical Anatomy ______________
ST 2404Operative Procedures ______________

Second Semester (Winter)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ST 25012Clinical Externship ______________
ST 251W3Operating Room Seminar ______________

58/59Total Credits


1 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required for all courses for the certificate.
2 - Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the courses BIO 152W and BIO 153W or BIO 240 and BIO 241, BIO 203W, ENG --- Comp I, HSC 105, HSC 140, PSY 101W or PSY 211W or SOC 211, and ST 100 and the "Vaildation Application".
3 - As an applicant, you must be a high school graduate or submit a GED equivalency certificate.
4 - Validation requirements: (a) LEVEL 4 READING competency; (b) LEVEL 5 MATH Competency. Math courses are to have been taken within the last five years. (c) Successful completion of each of the prerequisite courses (listed in note 3).
5 - Application: See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required process.
6 - PRIOR to beginning clinical, you MUST have CPR certification, which includes the Two-Person Rescuer Technique. CPR certification must be renewed per program and health care agency's requirements.
7 - Upon acceptance, a negative TB skin test and current physical examination must confirm that you cannot transmit or are free from communicable diseases and are capable of performing the duties necessary for safe patient care. Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver is needed prior to clinical rotations.
8 - You must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each clinical course to be eligible to continue in this program. These courses must be taken in the sequence shown and enrollment in these courses is by permission only.
9 - When in the clinical phase of the program, you must have transportation available, as sites may not be in your community.
10 - There will be additional expenses for uniforms that will be explained during Orientation.
11 - You are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if you are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities. The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
12 - Student reentry procedures are printed in the Student Handbook given to all clinical students.
13 - BIO 152W and BIO 153W (or BIO 240 and BIO 241 or other biology courses approved by program coordinator) are key courses and must be completed within 10 years of completing certificate or degree. Failure to complete within the stated timeframe will require you to repeat these courses. See graduation requirements in catalog.

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