Surgical Technology

About the program

The life of a surgical patient depends in a very large part on the diligence and competence of the surgical technologist. The Surgical Technology program trains students in the skills necessary to assist in providing surgical care to patients.

Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to assist in the safe and effective care during surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment is in proper working order, and that the procedure is conducted under the highest standards of patient safety. The courses are taught by instructors who are current and former industry professionals eager to provide the student with real-world insights into the subjects they teach.

The instruction includes a robust academic curriculum for Surgical Technology education that encompasses: learner-based theoretical education, inter-professional education, simulation education, health care competency assessment and clinical education. The Surgical Technology program is located on the Southfield campus.       

Did you know?Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary nondegree award or an associate’s degree. Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. A small number of states regulate surgical technologists. *Bureau of Labor Statistics



November 19, 2021  | 4-6pm |via ZOOM call for login information

January 26, 2022 | 4-6pm |via ZOOM call for login information

February 23, 2022 | 4-6pm |via ZOOM call for login information

March 24, 2022 | 4-6pm |via ZOOM call for login information

All information sessions are approximately 2 hours long.  They will be held at the Southfield Campus in room A-214. Seating is limited and based on first come.

Contact Department Secretary to reserve your seat. Phone 248.233.2916.       


Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to take a National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). 

Degree - Program

Program Plan

88% Certification Exam Pass Rate

In this Oakland Community College “Empower Yourself” video series, OCC surgical technology student Hadil Jonna from Farmington Hills, Michigan, shares her thoughts on how easy it was to register, take classes at convenient times and return to college as an adult student at OCC.       

Contact Information

Anita Caponi
Program Director for Surgical Technology
Phone 248.233.2938


Southfield Campus
22322 Rutland Dr
Southfield, MI 48075