You'll prepare operating rooms for surgery; sterilize and supply equipment; prepare patients for surgery, such as washing incision sites; help surgeons and nurses during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies. Surgical Technologists are an important part of the surgery room, and help to improve the lives of patients.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.

Recommended Credentials

Associate's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College has partnered with Munson Medical Center to offer an Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology


Elsewhere in Michigan


Associates Degree in Surgical Technology -

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Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center - Health Services program

Pathway 2

NMC has partnered with Munson Medical Center to offer an associates degree in surgical technology.

Pathway 3

Surgical Technician Programs in Michigan

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting - Certification  


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Surgical Technologist 
  • Certified Surgical Tech/First Assistant
  • Certified Surgical Technician
  • Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
  • Operating Room Technologist (OR Tech)

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