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Surgical Technology awarded 10-year continuing accreditation

Surgical Technology students with instructors in lab

Savannah Technical College senior-level Surgical Technology students will finish coursework to complete their associate degree program in July 2019. Then, this group of 15 students (one not pictured) will participate in the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination and certification process. Students stand with Surgical Technology Instructor Bridget Betterson and Surgical Technology Department Head Jacquelyn Lee in one of the state-of-the-art surgical technology labs at STC’s Savannah Campus.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Surgical Technology program has been awarded continuing accreditation for ten years by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The recent peer review conducted by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognized the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards.

“The commission commends you (Dr. Love) and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by your participation in program accreditation,” wrote CAAHEP President Gregory Ferenchak, Ed.D., in the College’s award letter.

STC’s Surgical Technology associate degree program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. STC students also complete 120 surgical procedures or cases within the surgical technology specialties during supervised clinical hours in addition to classwork. Students spend more than 670 hours in clinical settings during the three-semester program.

Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations by preparing operating rooms, arranging equipment and helping doctors and nurses during surgeries. Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, while some work in out-patient surgery centers.

Surgical Technology utilizes a competitive entry process and requires the completion of the Heath Care Science—Surgical Technology Specialization Technical Certificate of Credit as a part of the admission process. Applications are accepted in the spring semester for a cohort that starts during the fall semester (August) each academic year.

Satisfactory completion of all program courses entitles students to participate in the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination and certification process. 

For information about Surgical Technology visit: www.savannahtech.edu/SurgicalTech or contact Jacquelyn Lee jlee@savannahtech.edu or 912.443.5811.

About CAAHEP

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2100 individual education programs in 30 health science occupations. CAAHEP accredited programs are assessed on an ongoing basis to assure that they meet the Standards and Guidelines of each profession. CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP is also member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ASPA). Visit: www.caahep.org

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.

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1949 | June 27, 2019

Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu