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Surgical Technology, A.A.A.S.

Before applying for this program

Candidates for this program must interview with a participating health care employer and be hired as an apprentice to be able to participate in this program. This associate's degree is designed as an apprenticeship program with hospital-based clinical education delivered in partnership with a participating health care employer.

Please contact Summer Madrid at summermadrid@grcc.edu, (616) 234-3154 for a list of participating employers and start dates for the next cohort.

Program information

Although this program is administered through Muskegon Community College, you will be a GRCC graduate upon completion. .  Our Surgical Technology degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and includes courses that lead to a Sterile Processing Certificate. The coursework for this program provides a basis for the clinical application and theoretical principles used in Surgical Technology.  Courses are provided in lecture, clinical and online formats. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C+. This program will prepare entry-level surgical technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

You will have hands-on experience at area hospitals under the direction of the Program Director/Instructor. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination administered by PSI Testing and endorsed by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). This examination has been incorporated into the program at the student's expense and is non-refundable.

How the Surgical Technology Collaborative Program Model Works

Consortium students will take their general education courses through their degree-granting college. Core courses will be taken through Michigan Colleges Online (MCO). Your MCO courses will transfer seamlessly from MCC to GRCC. Each college will provide clinical educators at clinical education sites within their service area for students accepted into the program.

Lab and clinical education will be dependent on student location.

For more information on the program and to read the student handbook visit the Educational Program in Collaboration (EPiC) consortium website.

Program Courses and Requirements

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Immunization Requirements

Students should be aware some vaccinations require a series of injections. In these instances, the entire series must be completed by the end of the first semester of the program in order to attend surgical clinical rotations.

Students are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider before starting the program to ensure they can meet these immunization requirements:

  • Tuberculosis (Two skin tests or one blood test)
  • Measles
  • Rubeola
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella
  • Influenza
  • COVID
  • other immunizations as required.

Clinical Sites

  • Trinity Health Grand Rapids
  • University of Michigan-West
  • Spectrum Health

Program Contact Information

Admissions information

Summer Madrid
Educational Training Specialist
Strengthening Community Colleges Healthcare 
summermadrid@grcc.edu
(616) 234-3154

Program consortium information

Amy Lee, EdD, RT (R)(MR)
alee@mcca.org
(269) 830-7662
Fax: (269) 565-2055

Michigan Community College Association Program Director

Stephanie Allen, CST, FAST, CRCST, CIS, CHL, MBA
Surgical Technology Program Director
Michigan Community College Association
(985) 259-7669

Additional Information

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