By Jennifer Lloyd, BS, CST, Trine University
Zoom lectures due to COVID-19 — check!
24/7 student access to study rooms — check!
Virtual Site Visit — terrifying…or is it?
Our program recently underwent the ARC/STSA’s first Virtual Site Visit (VSV). While it was a bit daunting to think about how to share our program virtually, the whole experience was very positive.
Here are some things I learned throughout each part of the process that may help you, too:
We are all navigating this new COVID-19-induced virtual world and it is very important that we collaborate for the sake of our students. That said, this VSV allowed us to work with the ARC/STSA on a level that, for me, inspired great confidence. Not only did they quickly create an entirely new platform for site visits, they did so in a manner that was easy to navigate.
I would like to thank the ARC/STSA and the site visitors who are working very hard to support our programs and students. This visit was a testament to how we can all work together as a team to support our students, institutions and the profession of surgical technology!
Editor’s note: Jennifer Lloyd and her program’s hard work and preparation paid off — the Surgical Technology Program at Trine University received initial accreditation in November 2020! Hear what Lloyd has to say about how being accredited benefits the program and the university’s students:
“From our standpoint as a university, accreditation is important in that it proves that our program has met the standards, as set forth by the accrediting bodies, to provide a quality education for our students.
From a student standpoint, when choosing our program, accreditation ensures that they will receive a quality education that will help them be successful in the field of surgical technology.”