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Surgical Technology - Central Processing Distribution Technician, Skill Specific Certificate

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Credit Hours Required: 21

Preliminary Courses

Surgical Technology - Additional Program Information

Program Options
Credential Title Credit Hours Required Program Notes/Certificate Descriptions
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:

We Work Hard to Make Transferring Easy!

Macomb Community College is a great place to start if your goal is to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Whether you are already considering a specific transfer destination/program or have not yet decided on a major, Macomb’s Office of Articulation and Transfer provides you with and helps you explore a variety of transfer options.

Transfer Opportunities

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