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

Surgical Assisting Initial Accreditation Award:

Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE

San Juan College, Farmington, NM

Surgical Technology Initial Accreditation Award:

Gateway Community College-New Haven, New Haven, CT

Trine University, Fort Wayne, IN

Loma Linda University Health San Manuel Gateway College, San Bernardino, CA

Surgical Technology Continuing Accreditation Award

Anoka Technical College, Anoka, MN

Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH

Nevada Career Institute, Las Vegas, NV

Western Suffolk BOCES, Northport, NY

San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA

Athens Technical College, Athens, GA

Monongalia County Technical Education Center, Morgantown, WV

Oscar Bingcang, MD, CST, program director at Loma Linda University Health San Manuel Gateway College in California, shared the following reflection on the accreditation process:

“The accreditation process has been a big boost for our surgical technology program. It ensures our present and future students that they are getting quality education. We are now able to get more clinical sites, too, and this means we have a possibility of increasing our enrollment. Now that we are accredited, our students will also be able be able to sit for the certification examination. And foremost, we are able to provide more opportunities in the community we serve, which is in line with the vision of our institution: “Transforming lives through education, health care, and research.”

Angel Pickett, MBA, CST, program director at Gateway Community College in Connecticut, shared:

“The accreditation process helped me further organize the program and put the necessary processes and tools in place to properly run things according to ARC/STSA guidelines. I was really impressed with how supportive ARC/STSA was throughout the whole process, and how knowledgeable the site visitors were. It was a terrific learning opportunity for everyone involved at Gateway Community College, and our students are going to benefit tremendously from our efforts.”

Cyndi Kreps, BS, CSFA, CST, program director at Southeast Community College in Nebraska, said:

“It was a lot of work, but ARC/STSA was there every step of the way. If I had questions, I always felt like I could email or call someone. Erin Monroy, ARC/STSA operations coordinator, always had a reassuring voice despite my anxiousness. “The process prepared the program to meet the standards required for CAAHEP accreditation, which is required for not only taking the certification exam, but to receive a state license to practice as a Surgical First Assistant in Nebraska.”