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Surgical Technology, A.A.A.S.

Before applying for this program

The surgical tech program is an employer sponsored program, admittance to the program is based on the healthcare employer. 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 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, (616) 234-3154 for a list of participating employers and start dates for the next cohort.

Program information

The EPiC Consortium Surgical Technology Program hosted by Muskegon Community College on behalf of the partner colleges, is an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences program and has applied for new program initial accreditation. This program includes courses that lead to a Sterile Processing Certificate. The curriculum includes science courses selected to provide a basis for the clinical and theory application of principles used in Surgical Technology. Basic courses in the theoretical aspects of Surgical Technology include lecture, clinical, and on-line instruction. All Surgical Technology courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C (75%). The goal of the program is to prepare entry-level surgical technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Throughout the program, students are provided with hands-on experience in cooperation with various hospitals under the direction of the Program Director/Instructor.

How the Surgical Technology Collaborative Program Model Works

The Collaborative Surgical Technology Consortium program model allows for students to attain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology and take the National board exam. Lab and Clinical education will be dependent on student location. Consortium students will take their general education courses through their degree-granting college. Core courses will be taken through the EPiC Consortium learning management system. The Consortium model allows seamless transfer of courses between the provider college (MCC) and the degree-granting college. Each partner college will provide preceptors and 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 Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative website.

Surgical Tech handout

Program Courses and Requirements


Clinical Education Access Requirements

The Surgical Technology Program requires students to have the following vaccinations, CPR, and health insurance once admitted into the program.

  • TB test results, or Chest X-ray date and report* 
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Tdap
  • Date of Chicken pox or Varicella immunization
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Flu vaccine*
  • COVID - 19 Vaccine*
  • CPR - American Red Cross:  BLS/CPR for Health Insurance or American Heart Association:  BLS provider only must also be completed.  No other types of providers will be accepted
  • Health Insurance - proof of documented and maintained through the duration of the program.

*A flu immunization and TB test or screening must be completed yearly. The TB must not lapse, and the flu vaccine must be acquired no later than November 1.

*GRCC medical exemptions will be addressed once in the program. However, the program cannot guarantee GRCC awarded exemptions will be accepted at every clinical site.

Contact Summer Madrid at for specific vaccination requirements.

Clinical Sites

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

Program Contact Information

Admissions information

Summer Madrid
Educational Training Specialist
Strengthening Community Colleges Healthcare
(616) 234-3154

Program consortium information

Amy Lee, EdD, RT (R)(MR)
(269) 830-7662
Fax: (269) 565-2055

Muskegon Community College Program Director

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


Additional Information