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Surgical Technology Degrees

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY: We’re located in the Instructional Center (INS) in Health Sciences

Phone: (989) 275-5000, ext. 281 | Fax: (989) 275-6715

Program Advisors

Anne Essmaker, Academic Advisor for students with last names L-Z
(989) 275-5000, ext. 416

Shawn Ott, Academic Advisor for students with last names A-K
(989) 275-5000, ext. 426

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Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Closed Friday

Serious about wearing scrubs? Kirtland wants you to wear ‘em with pride!  Get your certificate in Surgical Technology at Kirtland Community College.

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Surgical Technology Program Information and Documents

We are currently accepting applications to our Surgical Technology program for the Fall 2015 semester.

Note:  Surgical Technology program classes are taught at the West Branch site.

Students, please note that all correspondence from the Health Sciences Office will be through your KMail.  Please check your KMail for future information.

You could be supporting the work of surgeons and making sure patients are safe when you earn the right to wear the unique gear of a surgical technician.

Surgical technology degrees at KirtlandAs a surgical technician, you might find yourself assisting in surgical operations under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. You could be a member of an operating room team.

Employers recognize and appreciate the caliber of students from Kirtland. Your reward after only a year or two of college will be a satisfying career with lots of opportunities and great pay. Kirtland Community College will help you prepare for what very likely will be a successful and satisfying career in surgical technology.

Advances in technology and an aging population are driving a need for people trained in Health Sciences. You can look forward to working in a field expected to grow 25 percent during the next decade. Hospitals, physicians, dentists, outpatient care facilities and surgical centers will continue to look for employees with degrees enhanced by experience.

According to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, in 2006, more than 2,700 people were employed throughout the state as surgical technologists. That number is expected to grow to nearly 3,300 by 2016. Nationally, the average annual salary is about $38,000.

As a student in the Surgical Technology program at Kirtland Community College’s West Branch site, you will be trained to work with surgeons and other medical personnel to ensure a safe environment, including monitoring equipment to maximize every patient’s well-being during invasive and diagnostic procedures.

Kirtland will prepare you for entry-level employment as a surgical technologist. The program will give you an understanding of:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • medical terminology and
  • professional ethics

With a certificate in Surgical Technology at Kirtland, you’ll be ready to support the welfare of patients and assist other medical professionals as part of a surgical team and wear your scrubs with pride.

2014-15 Program Costs

Surgical Technology, PrerequisitesIn DistrictOut of District
Tuition and Fees2,6503,400
Miscellaneous Expenses150150
Surgical Technology, CCIn DistrictOut of District
Tuition and Fees6,3007,660
Miscellaneous Expenses700700

Related health sciences degrees and certificates include:

Kirtland Community College Surgical Technology degreesAssociate in Applied Science degrees

  • Cardiac Sonography (Gaylord)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) (Roscommon)
  • Health Information Technology (online)


  • Pharmacy Technology (Roscommon)
  • Practical Nursing (PN) (Roscommon)
  • Surgical Technology (West Branch)


  • Certified Nursing Assistant Course (Roscommon, Gaylord and Tawas IRESA Center)
  • Phlebotomy Technician Course (Roscommon)

Partnership Programs

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Franklin University
  • Mid Michigan Community College

Specific information about program and course requirements can be found in our College Catalog.

Some of the jobs related to our Health Sciences programs:

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