USF Surgical Technology program receives continuing accreditation

February 10, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Surgical Technology program at the University of Saint Francis has been awarded continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program has received accreditation for the next 10 years, which is the maximum time awarded until the next review.

The recent peer review recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the national established accreditation standards. The review was conducted by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the CAAHEP’s Board of Directors. The next evaluation, including an on-site review, will occur no later than 2030.

“This accreditation result is just another indication of the highly skilled and dedicated program director and faculty the University of Saint Francis has within our Surgical Technology program,” said Dr. Angie Harrell, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “The continual focus faculty place on creating quality classroom and clinical experiences is not only evident with our rich history of continued accreditation, but also with the program’s graduate certification exams rates and job placement rates, with our graduates routinely being highly recruited to work in multiple healthcare settings across the region.”

The ARC/STSA regularly monitors the program’s compliance with outcomes assessment thresholds through the program’s annual report, as well as other documents that may be requested.

Students in USF’s Surgical Technology program can become certified surgical technologists in two years, with a variety of clinical experiences with our multiple clinical partners in the region. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam and ready to be hired into an in-demand field featuring 100% graduate employment. Surgical Technology graduates are eligible to earn a bachelor’s degree in Health Services in one additional year, with study available online.

For more information on the USF Surgical Technology program, visit or contact Program Director Theresa Sorgen-Burleson at 260-399-7700, ext. 8575, or email

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.