Become a member of the surgical team.

Prepare yourself with the skills to get you there.

Surgical technologists create a sterile operating room environment, and ensure that patients are kept safe throughout surgery. They prepare the operating room, check and sterilize equipment, prepare the patient, and create a sterile field for surgery. During surgery, they pass instruments to the surgical team, and after surgery, clean and restock the operating room.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

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    • Relocation tips

     

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    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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Surgical Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Surgical TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

Become a member of the surgical team.

Prepare yourself with the skills to get you there.

Surgical technologists create a sterile operating room environment, and ensure that patients are kept safe throughout surgery. They prepare the operating room, check and sterilize equipment, prepare the patient, and create a sterile field for surgery. During surgery, they pass instruments to the surgical team, and after surgery, clean and restock the operating room.

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Career Facts

$41,790

Median salary for Surgical Technologists

30%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$65,470

Median salary for Registered Nurses

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Overview

Baker’s Surgical Technology associate degree program has a carefully designed curriculum that blends classwork with hands-on training in the lab and clinical work to ensure you develop the all knowledge and skills you need to succeed. 

You study under program faculty, who have proven themselves in the operating room, not only learning theory, but how to properly apply sterile and aseptic techniques and best practices in providing support to surgeons and their assistants during surgery. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be fully prepared to enter the field of surgical technology. 

Enrollment is limited for this program.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Surgical Technology Major Requirements75 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology4
SCI 220A
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5 Quarter Hours

Explores basic concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms including the basic composition, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and epidemiology of microorganisms. The human diseases caused by these microorganisms in addition to their treatments will be presented. A 20 hour laboratory will be a component of this course; students will perform several experiments to reinforce the material presented in lecture.

Microbiology5
STC 100
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides insight into the field of surgical technology, the healthcare environment and the values and ethics of the profession. 20 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Overview of Surgical Services2
STC 101A
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5 Quarter Hours

Covers the fundamentals of practice for the surgical technologist.  They will have a comprehensive knowledge of sterile techniques and asepsis, the instruments and supplies used in surgery, wound healing, and the importance of sterilization. There is a laboratory component within this course to allow students to practice and apply the concepts learned in this course.  40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
STC 201A.
Introduction to Surgical Technology with Lab5
STC 201A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the biological, psychological, social, and cultural needs of the surgical patient during the perioperative experience. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
STC 101A.
The Surgical Patient4
STC 211A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to basic types of anesthesia and the various agents used in the administration of anesthesia. Students will also become familiar with other types of pharmacologic agents that are used in the operating room and those specifically related to perioperative care. 40 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 211, B- or better in STC 101A, B- or better in STC 201 or B- or better in STC 201A.
Corequisite(s):
STC 221, STC 231.
Surgical Pharmacology4
STC 221A
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3 Quarter Hours

Continues content from STC101A enabling students to develop a foundation of knowledge in instrumentation, perioperative techniques, and intraoperative functions of the surgical technologist. Students will participate in mock procedures and identify specialized skills necessary to function and assist in the operating room. Students will demonstrate competency in perioperative surgical techniques. 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 211, B- or better in STC 101A, B- or better in STC 201 or B- or better in STC 201A.
Corequisite(s):
STC 211A, STC 231.
Perioperative and Surgical Techniques3
STC 231
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6 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with the different surgical sub-specialties which includes general surgery, gynecological and obstetrical surgery, ENT surgery, minor orthopedic and plastic surgery and urogenital surgery. Students will also be introduced to endoscopic, laparoscopic, and technology utilized in surgical procedures. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 211, B- or better in STC 101A, B- or better in STC 201 or B- or better in STC 201A.
Corequisite(s):
STC 211A, STC 221.
Surgical Procedures6
STC 232
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3 Quarter Hours

Continues the content of STC231 by addressing major orthopedic and plastic surgical procedures; as well as acquainting students with advanced procedures and future trends in surgical technology in the following sub specialties: neurological surgery, ophthalmic surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, and oral/maxillo surgery. Biomedical sciences will be addressed as well as laser surgery. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in STC 211A, B- or better in STC 221, B- or better in STC 231.
Corequisite(s):
STC 271.
Advanced Surgical Procedures and Topics3
STC 271
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10 Quarter Hours

Develops clinical skills needed in an operating room. Students will actively participate in and assist with selected surgical procedures under the supervision of qualified personnel (32 clinical hours per week), for a total of 320 hours. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in STC 211A, B- or better in STC 221, B- or better in STC 231, Student background check.
Corequisite(s):
STC 232.
Surgical Clinical Externship I10
STC 272
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10 Quarter Hours

Helps students gain mastery of the specialized skills necessary to function in the operating room. Students will actively participate in and assist with a broad range of surgical procedures (32 clinical hours per week), for a total of 320 hours. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in STC 232, B- or better in STC 271.
Corequisite(s):
STC 291.
Surgical Clinical Externship II10
STC 291
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides STC students with the needed preparation to complete the certification exam process. This course reinforces academic knowledge, professional accountability, independent decision making, and the critical nature of self-assessment. Students will explore alternate career options. The completion of a mock certification exam is required. This capstone course prepares the students to sit for the National Certification Exam. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in STC 232, B- or better in STC 271.
Corequisite(s):
STC 272.
Professional Preparation3
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 120A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 107

Program Description

A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, pathophysiology, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of surgery. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Currently, the role of the surgical technologist is expanding to include other areas of surgery such as labor and delivery units, cardiac catheterization labs, outpatient surgery facilities, and for physicians in private practice. Students sit for the national certification exam in STC291 as a program requirement for graduation. Program Status: Limited Enrollment.

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified. Safely access, prepare, and operate equipment and supplies in a variety of settings.

  • Assist with transport and transfer of equipment.
  • Utilize instruments, supplies, and equipment safely within the sterile processing suite.
  • Perform tasks such as, but not limited to, appropriately tracking surgical supplies.
  • Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Communicate and respond appropriately to written and verbal commands.
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills during interactions with patients, staff,
  • faculty, and health care team members.
  • Demonstrate appropriate procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions.             
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to provide sterilized materials efficiently meeting deadlines (i.e. surgical schedule).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely
  • in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by
  • referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct
  • guidelines, and clinical sites'  policies and procedures.

Customer Satisfaction Policy

Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Surgical Technology Programs can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.

If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.

Mission / Goals

As an essential component of the Baker College’s academic health programs, the Surgical Technology Associate Applied Science Degree (AAS) and Sterile Processing Technician (CER) program goals are to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains.

Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 3375; phone: (727) 210-2350; fax: (727) 210-2354, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Limited Enrollment
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Program Performance
2012-2013 # of Graduates Program Completion Rate (2012) CST National Exam Pass Rate Job Placement Rate # of Students Accepted
Allen Park 11 86% 100%   15
Cadillac 7 64% 86% 100% 11
Clinton Twp 14 100% 100% 92% 19
Flint 10 50% 90% 90% 20
Jackson 18% 100% 100% 89% 19
Muskegon 20 100% 100% 80% 20
Port Huron 8 66% 100% 86% 12

 

2011-2012 # of Graduates Program Completion Rate (2012) CST National Exam Pass Rate
Allen Park 10   100%
Cadillac 7 100% 100%
Clinton Twp 14 93% 93%
Flint 19 100% 95%
Jackson 18 100% 78%
Muskegon 20 20 84%
Port Huron 11 84% 90%

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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