Michigan Surgical Technician Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Surgical Technologists in Michigan

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.

Michigan Surgical Technician Schools

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:

  • Baker College of Flint: The largest independent college in Michigan, Baker College is a popular choice for those pursuing surgical technician accreditation. Baker College is very focused on career preparation and so favors experiential learning.
  • Delta College: Located outside of busy urban centers, Delta University provides a one year surgical technician course that focuses on preparing students for the National Exam they must take to earn their license.
  • Henry Ford College: Henry Ford offers a two year surgical technologist course to prepare you for a career in the field. The first year focuses on the basics, while the second year deals with more advanced, technical material.
  • Kirtland Community College: Kirtland offers a two year surgical technology program to prepare students for the state-wide exam. Kirtland remains quite proud of their historically very high pass rate of this exam.
  • Lansing Community College: LCC is a very large school with over 20,000 students attending. Its two year program thoroughly covers both the academic and practical aspects of surgical technology.

What to Expect from Surgical Technician Programs

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:

  • Does it offer an associate degree or just a certificate?
  • Is it accredited through Michigan's nursing board or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs?
  • Is it a one year or two year program?
  • Does it have extensive prerequisites?

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.

Licensing for Surgical Technicians in Michigan

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.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Michigan


  1. Licensing information, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, http://nbstsa.org/, Accessed September 2016.
  2. Michigan Surgical Tech information, Surgical Tech Training, http://www.surgicaltechtraining.org/surgical-tech-schools-michigan/s, Accessed September 2016

Schools for Surgical Technologists in Michigan are listed below.

Selected Surgical Technology Schools in Michigan

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  • Programs: Surgical Technology - Associate
  • Degrees: Associate
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More Michigan Surgical Technology Schools

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

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

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.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Surgical Technologists

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.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Ann Arbor 250 $36210 1.65
Bay City 50 $38220 1.89
Flint 120 $43280 1.23
Grand Rapids 530 $41340 1.39
Wyoming 530 $41340 1.39
Detroit 1460 $44060 1.06
Warren 1460 $44060 1.06
Dearborn 1460 $44060 1.06
Lansing 150 $47420 0.99
East Lansing 150 $47420 0.99
Kalamazoo 110 $45000 1.12
Portage 110 $45000 1.12
Muskegon 70 $42080 1.57
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