Moraine Park Technical College’s Surgical Technology associate degree program received a full five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Five-year accreditation is the highest level available to educational institutions. “Since it ties our clinical affiliates and national accrediting body together, the accreditation ensures that our program graduates meet the highest national standards and are prepared to enter the workforce,” said John Phillips, Moraine Park dean of health sciences.
Surgical technologists are vital members of surgical teams who work closely with the surgeon, anesthesia care provider and nursing staff to provide optimal care for the surgical patient.
“The accreditation means that our program provides students with an appropriate quality education in compliance with nationally established standards and ensures students' eligibility to take the National Board Certification exam upon graduation,” said Nancy Bertram, BS Ed, NPA, CST, Moraine Park surgical technology instructor. “The accreditation is important for the students we teach, the people they will serve, and is a benefit to the healthcare communities we are committed to.”
In addition to ensuring that graduates meet the required educational standards, accreditation stimulates improvement of educational programs by involving faculty and staff in ongoing self-evaluation, research and planning. The accreditation process includes a self-study of the program, a site visit, an evaluation by a review committee and an evaluation by the CAAHEP’s reviewers.
“Achieving full accreditation for the Surgical Technology program enforces Moraine Park’s mission to provide the best education to our students,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, president of Moraine Park. “This is another great accomplishment for the College as we strive for the success of our students.”
The Surgical Technology program is a two-year associate degree offered at MorainePark’s Fond du Lac campus. Coursework focuses on the development of knowledge in human anatomy; microbiology and medical terminology; and how to identify and effectively handle surgical instruments, supplies and equipment. Clinical rotations provide hands-on experience in hospital operating rooms to apply the knowledge and skills under real surgical conditions.
For more information about Moraine Park’s Surgical Technology program, visit www.morainepark.edu or contact an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.