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Surgical Technology Program Requirements

Associate in Applied Science Degree – NMC Code 311

Northwestern Michigan College’s Surgical Technology program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent entry level Surgical Technologist. The program includes 36 credit hours of classroom, lab and clinical components over four semesters as well as prerequisite and other general education requirements outlined below. Cohorts will typically begin in the fall semester and graduate in December (fall, spring, summer, and fall).

Effective: Fall 2019

Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of the admission process for the pre-Surgical Technology AGS Degree for NMC.
  • Completion of prerequisite requirements.
  • Transfer students must submit official transcripts to deter mine eligibility.


  • College GPA of 2.0. (Overall GPA is defined as a combination of NMC GPA and any transfer courses counted toward the AAS degree.)
  • ENG 111 – English Composition I (2.0 grade or higher)
  • HAH 101 – Medical Terminology (2.0 grade or higher)
  • BIO 227/227L – Human Anatomy & Physiology I* (2.0 grade or higher. Must have been completed within seven years of program entry.)
  • Math Competency: Placement into MTH 121 – College Algebra or higher with qualifying test scores or completion of MTH 111 with a 2.0 grade or higher.

Recommended Courses to take prior to starting the Surgical Tech prograM

  • BIO 228/228L* – Human Anatomy & Physiology II* (2.0 grade or higher) If not successfully completed prior to beginning the program, must be taken during Semester I.
  • HPD 110 – BLS for Healthcare Providers (grade required: S) or an equivalent course
  • American Heart Association: HeartCode® BLS (CPR and AED)
  • American Red Cross: Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

General Education Requirements Credits: 21

Required General Education Classes



Communications: ENG 111 and BUS 231 or ENG 112


Humanities: Any Group 1 course


Science: BIO 227* and BIO 228*


Social Sciences: PSY 101 or SOC 101


*Transfer students must have completed course work equivalent to BIO 227 and BIO 228 with a 2.0 or better within the last 7 years before transfer credit will be considered.

Note: BUS 231 is recommended to meet the communications requirement for the AAS degree; however, students who anticipate transferring credits to another school or who plan to pursue a four-year degree are advised to take ENG 112.

Occupational Specialty Requirements: 39

Required Occupational Specialty Classes



HAH 101 Medical Terminology


SRG 101 Intro to Surgical Technology


SRG 101L Intro to Surgical Technology Lab


SRG 102 Surgical Microbiology


SRG 103 Surgical Pharmacology


SRG 121 Surgical Procedures I


SRG 121L Surgical Procedures I Lab


SRG 122 The Surgical Patient


SRG 123 Biomed Sciences and MIS


SRG 201 Surgical Procedures II


SRG 202 Surgical Procedures II Clinical


SRG 204 Professional Career Preparation I


SRG 221 Surgical Procedures III


SRG 222 Surgical Procedures III Clinical


SRG 224 Professional Career Preparation II


program requirements: 60

For more information on program goals and outcomes, case requirements, and the accreditation status, please visit the surgical technology program page.

Program Contact Information: April Kesler, CST; Program Coordinator;; (231) 995-1275

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