This program prepares graduates to assist the surgeon and other members of the operating room team. Duties may include such tasks as setting up sterile trays and equipment for procedures; scrubbing for procedures with the surgeon; draping patients, passing instruments, and holding retractors; sterilizing instruments and supplies; and maintaining stock inventory. The program consists of theory and practical experience in the operating room setting. Courses must be taken sequentially and include summer school. Graduates are qualified to take the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) national examination, formally know as the Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technologists (LCC-ST).
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Note: Students who score below a predictive "C" on Northern Michigan University's mathematics placement test for MA 104 are required to take MA 100. Students who score a "C" or higher are exempt from the mathematics requirement.