This program prepares graduates to assist the surgeon and other members of the operating room team. Duties may include such tasks as setting up sterile trays and equipment for procedures; scrubbing for procedures with the surgeon; draping patients, passing instruments, and holding retractors; sterilizing instruments and supplies; and maintaining stock inventory. The program consists of theory and practical experience in the operating room setting. Courses must be taken sequentially and include summer school. Graduates are qualified to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting national certification examination.

In order to be granted an associates degree in surgical technology, a student must maintain an NMU cumulative GPA of 2.00, receive no less than a "C" in any ST or CLS course, and pass a final comprehensive exam prior to graduation.

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Clinical Sciences, School of department page.

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Total Credits Required 64

Note: Students who score below a predictive "C" on the Northern Michigan University's mathematics placement test for MA 111 are required to take MA 100. Students who score a "C" or higher are exempt from the mathematics requirement.

The Surgical Technology Program implemented the 2013 Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6e [CCST,6e] on January 7, 2013.