ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the surgical technology programs that have recently received awards 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 Technology Initial Accreditation:
Rasmussen University, Central Pasco – Odessa, FL
Pittsburgh Career Institute – Pittsburgh, PA
Altierus Career College, Houston – Houston, TX

Surgical Technology Continuing Accreditation:
Ozarks Technical Community College – Springfield, MO
Piedmont Technical College – Greenwood, SC

Hear from program directors below on the importance of accreditation.

“Gaining accreditation will provide the current and future students the opportunity to stand out as other programs in the area. It will provide the community comfort in knowing that the surgical technologists are qualified to the job above and beyond. Earning accreditation has opened the door for a top-level healthcare facility to hire our graduates.”
– Lakeisa Andrews, MA, BS, CRCST, CST, Program Director, Rasmussen University – Central Pasco

“The accreditation process was a lot of work and a long process, thanks to Covid, but the process prepared our program to meet the standards required for CAAHEP accreditation, which in turn puts our program in the best place to align with current standards of practice for surgical technologists.  Here in Houston, Texas, certification goes hand in hand with job offers, and now we can offer our students the gold standard of certification to give them the best start in their new careers! Thanks to the ARC/STSA staff who were there every step of the way to help guide us through the process.”
Sandra Namio, MS-PI, CSFA, CST, Program Director, Altierus Career College – Houston

“Achieving accreditation was a goal that PCI wanted to obtain to benefit the students, community, and program.  My students will now be able to sit for the CST credential to work in Pennsylvania. The faculty and I have worked extremely hard on this goal to ensure that our students stand out and can make a difference in the operating room. My clinical sites have been supportive of PCI throughout this process and are eager to continue working with us.  As the program director, I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge that will help me guide my faculty and students along the way.  The accreditation process was challenging at times, but I knew that it would be worth it in the end for all of PCI and our clinical affiliations.”
Katie Hartman, MBA, BS, CST, Program Director, Pittsburgh Career Institute