If you want a career as a surgical technologist but also have an interest in business management, this dual associate degree from Delta College is for you.
With this program, you have the opportunity to earn a second associate's degree in general management at the same time as your surgical technology associate's degree. It's a great way to get that business background and increase earning potential.
Students should complete the business course requirements for the dual degree before beginning clinical work as an surgical technology student.
Interested in a career in surgical technology? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures and help count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments.
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About Delta's Program
At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.
Delta's program is two semesters long, starting in the fall.
It's a cohort program, so students come in as a group and take their classes together from their first semester until their last.
Students have more than 540 clinical hours and have a variety of hospitals and surgical centers to choose from to complete their clinical assignments.
The Delta College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.arcstsa.org). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org
Getting your degree in the health field is unique compared to other programs. You first take your prerequisite core courses and then you apply for validation.
The Registrar's Office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of your program.
- Declare the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
- Meet with your advisor regularly. Stay on track with what you need to do to apply.
- Apply for validation with the Registrar's Office once you've started your final semester of prerequisite courses. (Portal login required.)
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We begin with 15 students each Fall. Our program effectiveness rates for the last five years are as follows:
National Certification Pass Rates
Total percent of candidates in the graduation class who took the CST Exam and passed.
2015, 10/10, 100%
2014, 13/14, 93%
2013, 11/11, 100%
2012, 10/14, 71%
2011, 11/14, 79%
Program Completion Rates*
2015, 10/15, 67%
2014, 14/15, 93%
2013, 11/15, 73%
2012, 14/15, 93%
2011, 14/15, 93%
*Note the program completion rates are calculated once the student is admitted to the clinical portion of the program. It does not include time on wait list.
2015, 8/10, 80%
2014, 13/14, 93%
2013, 10/11, 93%
2012, 14/14, 100%
2011, 12/14, 86%
Why you should choose Delta
Delta College graduates are being recruited by hospitals all over the State of Michigan. Many students over the last several years have received offers of employment prior to graduating from the program. There is a strong need for the services that Surgical Technologists provide and Delta College remains committed to providing these professionals locally, nationally, and globally.
The faculty and administration are fully committed to the accreditation process. Working with the Accreditation Review Committee on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP), Delta maintains the highest level of accreditation for the Surgical Technology Program.
Delta's program, started in 1974. We think our vast experience over such a long time period is one reason why our students have such a great pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technology Exam. Delta consistently averages higher pass rates than the national pass rate.
The surgical technology classroom and labs are part of a $21 million renovation project that was completed in 2013. These state-of-the-art facilities are a real representation of what students will see in actual operating rooms.
Facts & Figures
88% of students from the last five years passed the CST examination.
90% of Surgical Tech from the last five years are employed.
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