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College Catalog 2020-2021 
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Surgical Technology - Central Processing Distribution Technician, Skill Specific Certificate

Credit Hours Required: 21

Preliminary Courses

Surgical Technology - Additional Program Information

Program Options
Credential Title Credit Hours Required Notes
Associate of Applied Science   Surgical Technology  70 Provides graduates entry‑level skills in surgical technology.
Skill Specific Certificate  Surgical Technology-Central Processing Distribution Technician  21 Provides students with the fundamentals of central processing, supply and distribution of hospital instrumentation, supplies and equipment.


Contact Information
Contact Title Name Phone E-mail Location
Professor Elizabeth Ness 586.286.2192 nesse@macomb.edu Center Campus

Program Description:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: View Selective Admission for detailed information.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology is a Selective Admissions program. The one‑semester Skill Specific Certificate in Surgical Technology- Central Processing Distribution Technician is NOT a Selective Admissions program.

The Surgical Technology program is set up in a clinical career ladder fashion providing students employment opportunities and career growth while continually working toward a degree in higher education. The first opportunity is the certificate in Central Processing Distribution Technician. The second opportunity for students accepted into the Surgical Technology program is the Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology program goal is to prepare competent Surgical Technology graduates with entry-level abilities in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains in surgical technology. These skills will prepare students for immediate access to the job market and provide a foundation for the baccalaureate degree in allied health or a related field. Professional preparation is developed through the use of both didactic and practice learning activities in the classroom, practice laboratories, and clinical experiences.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

1. Analyze factors of common and specialty surgical procedures.

2. Assess the administration of perioperative medication in the operating room.

3. Create a safe environment for patients, themselves, and co-workers.

4. Apply aseptic technique.

5. Demonstrate how to manage breaks in aseptic technique.

6. Integrate key elements of a surgical conscience related to moral, legal, or ethical issues. 

Requirements & Specific Information:

Students must achieve grade “C” or better, or grade “Pass” (if the course is a Pass/Fail course) for all the Core and the General Education courses which are prerequisites and/or considered a part of this program.  Other General Education courses which are not part of the program, but are required for the degree, require only a passing grade.

Before starting the program, students must have a criminal background check and drug screen performed and submit their health history form (physical examination), TB, Tdap, MMR, flu shot, Hepatitis B and Varicella series/titers and proof of health insurance to the Health & Human Services Department. Surgical Technology students must submit proof of a current American Heart Association health care provider BLS certification.


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 702.210.2350, on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120, 303.694.9262.

Career Opportunities:

Transfer Pathways:

Students intending to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree need to make early decisions concerning an academic major and a transfer destination. Statistics show that students who make these decisions early are more likely to persist to graduation than their undecided counterparts. Students planning to transfer credits earned at Macomb are strongly urged to see a counselor or academic advisor as early as possible in their college careers.