Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology programs for receiving initial and continuing accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach such important milestones.

Surgical Technology Programs Initial Accreditation

  • San Joaquin Valley College – Temecula, CA
  • Concorde Career Institute – Orlando, FL
  • Orange Technical College – Orlando, FL
  • Black Hawk College – Moline, IL
  • Midwestern Career College – Chicago, IL
  • Rasmussen College – Rockford, IL
  • William Rainey Harper College – Palatine, IL

Surgical Assisting Program Initial Accreditation                

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College — Fayetteville, NC

Surgical Technology Program Continuing Accreditation

  • Baker College – Muskegon, MI
  • Washtenaw Community College – Ann Arbor, MI
  • Catawba Valley Community College – Hickory, NC
  • Lenoir Community College – Kinston, NC
  • McCann School of Business and Technology – Lewisburg, PA
  • Luke’s Hospital – Fountain Hill, PA
  • Odessa College – Odessa, TX

Surgical Assisting Program Continuing Accreditation

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School – Norfolk, VA

 Hear from a few program directors on why they value accreditation:

“The value of accreditation is priceless. For students, employers and community, accreditation demonstrates that we provide quality education in alignment with the professional standards. Being accredited demonstrates dedication to the professional guidelines established. Accreditation is a lot of work, but worth it all knowing you are giving the students the education they need to be successful.”    —Marcella Davis, MSN, RN, CST, Black Hawk College, Moline, IL

“An accredited school signifies quality; it means we have reached high standards that have been set by the ARC/STSA. With accreditation comes constant reassessing. We must annually reassess student retention, student pass rate, student employment after graduation, proving we reach the highest benchmark standards set by ARC/STSA. Students can be confident that they will get the best education. When they go out into the workplace, they can be confident that several institutions are waiting to employ the best candidate — a Midwestern Career College graduate.” —Julie Wedster, CST, Midwestern Career College, Chicago, IL

“Obtaining accreditation for our Surgical First Assistant (SFA) program was a significant priority. This status ensures that students and all stakeholders can expect the college and the program to live up to its promises. Accreditation allows students and employers the confidence that the CSFA credential has value.” —Terry Herring, EdS, CSFA, CST, CSPDT, CSIS, COA, FAST, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC

“With health care education, there is an expectation that our students are receiving a quality education that is in line with the high standards of health care [at large]. I believe accreditation represents the belief that the standard is being met.” —Luis Ortiz, AAS, CST, Concorde Career Institute, Orlando, FL

“Accreditation is a valuable piece for any program to strive to achieve. Its value is threefold in the sense that: 1) It helps determine if the educational institution is meeting and/or exceeding the minimum quality of standards set. 2) It allows students to determine acceptable institutions to enroll into. 3) It assists institutions when determining and accepting transfer of credits.”  —Kendal Little, MPH, BAHA, CST, Rasmussen College, Rockford, IL


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