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May 2023

ASU-Newport's Surgical Technology Program Awarded Continuing Accreditation by CAAHEP

Contact:  Jake Eddington, Coordinator for Marketing and Events
NEWPORT (Ark.) – Arkansas State University-Newport is pleased to announce that its Surgical Technology associate degree program has been awarded continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The decision, made on May 19, 2023, recognizes the program's exemplary compliance with the rigorous standards set by CAAHEP.

ASUN Surgical Technology Students

ASU-Newport's Surgical Technology program, offered at both the main campus in Newport and the approved satellite campus in Marked Tree, has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to maintaining excellence in allied health education. This accreditation serves as a testament to the program's dedication to meeting industry standards and preparing students for successful careers in surgical technology.

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), in collaboration with ASU-Newport, conducts regular comprehensive reviews of the program's compliance with the standards. Through their diligent work, Dr. Stacie Hay, Dean for Nursing and Health Professions, and Shannon Riley, Director of Surgical Technology, have ensured that the program meets the highest educational standards in the field.

Dr. Typhanie  Myers, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at ASU-Newport, expressed her appreciation for the accreditation and hard work of the faculty and staff involved. She stated, "We are proud to receive continuing accreditation from CAAHEP for our Surgical Technology associate degree program. This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional education and preparing our students for successful careers in surgical technology. We commend Dr. Stacie Hay and Director Shannon  Riley for their outstanding leadership and dedication to providing a high-quality educational experience."

Accreditation by CAAHEP holds significant importance in the field of surgical technology education, ensuring that programs adhere to the profession-specific standards and guidelines established by CAAHEP, ARC/STSA, the American College of Surgeons, the Association of Surgical Technologists, and the National Surgical Assistant Association. This collaborative effort guarantees that students enrolled in ASU-Newport's Surgical Technology program receive the best education aligned with industry best practices.

ASU-Newport is honored to receive continuing accreditation from CAAHEP for its Surgical Technology associate degree program. The accreditation serves as a recognition of the hard work, dedication, and continuous improvement efforts of the faculty, staff, and students involved in the program. ASU-Newport remains steadfast in its commitment to providing quality education and producing competent and highly skilled professionals in the field of surgical technology.