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).

Admission Requirements:

  • Follow the current NMC admission process, selecting program code 921 as the program of study.
  • A completed NMC application, placement testing and all supporting documentation must be on file before student eligibility can be determined. This includes submission of an official high school transcript.
  • Students must maintain eligibility throughout the application and admission process, which includes maintaining the required GPA and ensuring biology skills do not expire.

GPA Requirements:

  • College GPA of 2.0. (Overall GPA is defined as a combination of NMC GPA and any transfer courses counted toward the AAS degree.)
  • General education course equivalents may be transferred from another institution according to the college transfer policy.
  • Catalog prerequisites may be found at nmc.edu/programs/course-descriptions for all courses.

Math Competency:

  • Placement into MTH 121 College Algebra or higher, or
  • Successful completion of MTH 111 Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Courses Required for Admission Consideration:

All must be completed with a 2.0 or above, unless otherwise noted.

  • ENG 111 – English Composition I
  • HAH 101 – Medical Terminology
  • BIO 227/227L – Human Anatomy & Physiology I* (must be within last 7 years)

Courses Recommended prior to starting the Surgical Technology program:

  • BIO 228/228L – Human Anatomy & Physiology II* – 2.0 or above required

If not successfully completed prior to beginning the program, must be taken during Semester I.

*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.

Additional Requirements:

Can be taken concurrently with the surgical technology courses.

  • BUS 231 – Professional Communications, or ENG 112 – English Composition II

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 at some point in the future are advised to take ENG 112.

  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Humanities Group I course
  • HPD 110 – BLS for Healthcare Providers (grade required: S), or equivalent as described below:

American Heart Association: Heartcode ® BLS, or American Red Cross: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers.

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; akesler@nmc.edu; (231) 995-1275

Revised 12/9/16

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