ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the surgical technology programs at Altierus Career College, Ivy Tech Community College, Long Island University, Silicon Valley Surgi-Tech Institute, South College and Suffolk County Community College for receiving initial accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach this milestone.

Initial Accreditation:

  • Altierus Career College — Norcross, GA
  • Ivy Tech Community College — Fort Wayne, IN
  • Long Island University — Brooklyn, NY
  • Silicon Valley Surgi-Tech Institute (SVSTI) — Milpitas, CA
  • South College — Knoxville, TN
  • Suffolk County Community College — Sayville, NY

Hear from program directors below on the importance of accreditation.

“We are honored to be able to bring such a timely, important educational and training experience to the New York City area. Long Island University’s mission is to provide excellence and access in private higher education to those who seek to expand their knowledge and prepare themselves for meaningful, educated lives, and for service to their communities and the world. Our graduates can now have a career in surgical technology that can pave the way for them to do this, and much more, for the lives they are able to touch.”

—Kimberly Awuku, MPA, BS, CST, Program Director, Long Island University

“By achieving national accreditation through CAAHEP and meeting the Standards, we believe that our program now meets the ‘ARC/STSA gold standard’ for quality in surgical technology education. Our graduates are excited to begin their careers as surgical technologists and are actively preparing to sit for the NBSTSA certifying exam!”

—Chris Ahearn, AAS, CST, Program Director, Suffolk County Community College

“Our recent accreditation demonstrates to SVSTI’s students, faculty, employers and community that we provide quality education in alignment with the ARC/STSA professional standards. With ARC/STSA’s help, going through the initial accreditation process has assisted us in building a stronger surgical technology program that promotes the quality, performance and integrity of education that our students receive, while improving the job opportunities available to them.”

Julie Hamrick, BBA, CST, CRCST, CEO, Chief Academic Director, Program Director and Clinical Coordinator, Silicon Valley Surgi-Tech Institute

“The most important and obvious benefit of receiving our accreditation is providing the opportunity to our students to immediately test for their certification after graduation. With certification becoming a requirement, it’s very important for our students to test as soon as possible. Now they can!”

—Joseph Russell, BAS, CSFA, CST, RSA, Program Director, South College

Hear more about Chris Ahearn’s initial accreditation experience and insights on “The Scrub Life,” a podcast for, and about, surgical technology, hosted by Chris Blevins, BSCJ, AAS-ST, CST, CNA.