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Degrees in Surgical Technology


Ryan Madis
(989) 275-5000, ext. 258

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

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


Serious about wearing scrubs? Kirtland wants you to wear ‘em with pride!

Get your degree in Surgical Technology at Kirtland Community College.

Get your degree in Surgical Technology from Kirtland Community College

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.

As 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 personal 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 an associate degree 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.

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Kirtland Community College…be the future!