Sometimes called surgical technologists or operating room assistants, surgical technicians assist the operating team during surgical operations. Most surgical technicians work closely with other health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists. Duties include preparing and sterilizing the equipment, preparing the operating room and patient, and helping the surgeon.
A career as a surgical technician requires formal training, typically through earning at least an associate degree, preferably in a program approved by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). If you're looking to pursue a career as a surgical technician in Michigan, here are some schools and training programs to consider first:
There is some variance in what you can expect from surgical technician programs in Michigan. Depending on how you want your career to proceed, here are a few things to keep in your mind when looking at schools:
If you're wondering about whether or not you should pursue a certificate or an associate degree, remember, a certificate may help you get a job faster, but a degree often facilitates further advancement in your career.
For those wishing to become surgical technicians in Michigan, you need to be accredited by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
This requires CSFA examination after submitting the appropriate application and fees. The CSFA (linked under Resources below) offers exam prep and reference materials for applicants.
In addition to passing the CSFA exam, you must graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). All schools listed above have the appropriate accreditation and NBSTSA approval.
Schools for Surgical Technologists in Michigan are listed below.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Michigan.
Baker College is the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available.
|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Delta College||University Center||Associate||10,406|
|Henry Ford Community College||Dearborn||Associate||13,983|
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||Kalamazoo||Associate||11,113|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing||Associate||19,465|
|Macomb Community College||Warren||Associate||22,081|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette||Masters||9,358|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills||Associate||24,532|
|Siena Heights University||Adrian||Masters||2,161|
|Wayne County Community College District||Detroit||Associate||20,504|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Michigan. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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