The Surgical Technology Program at Iowa Lakes Community College has received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A peer review was conducted by representatives from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA) which recognized the program’s substantial compliance with nationally established accreditation standards.
“The commission commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by your participation in program accreditation,” said Cameron Harris, President of CAAHEP, in the accreditation letter.
The organization regularly monitors the college’s compliance with outcomes assessment and evaluates students to provide both students and program faculty with valid and timely information of the student’s progress and achievement of competencies.
To qualify for accreditation, the curriculum offered must meet or exceed the demands of the Core Curriculum of Surgical Technology.
Dana Grafft is the coordinator of the program and teaches many of the surgical classes.
The program has two offerings: The Associate in Applied Science program consists of 76 credits over five semesters; and, a Diploma option can be completed in 11 months. Both are based at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. For more information on the Surgical Technology program at Iowa Lakes, visit the college website at www.iowalakes.edu.
The next comprehensive evaluation of the program, including an on-site review, is scheduled to occur by 2023.