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Accreditation Information

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

1361 Park Street

Clearwater, FL 33756

(727) 210-2350

What is Accreditation and Why is it Important?

Broadly speaking, accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards.

In the case of post-secondary education and training, there are two kinds of accreditation: institutional and programmatic (or specialized).

Institutional accreditation helps to assure potential students that a school is a sound institution and has met certain minimum standards in terms of administration, resources, faculty, and facilities.

Programmatic (or specialized) accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution (e.g., the law school, the medical school, the nursing program). The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession.

Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.


About accreditation. (n.d.). Retrieved October 30, 2010, from Commission of Accreditation of Allied health Programs:

What is CAAHEP?

CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-two (22) health science occupations. CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP is a member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

Student Work Policy

The Surgical Technology student must not be substituted for paid personnel to conduct the work of the clinical facility during their required clinical supervised practice hours.

The clinical phase of instruction will be educational, focusing on clinical competencies for each surgical area.

When a student demonstrates proficiency, the student may be permitted to function alone with appropriate supervision and direction (preceptor available, and in the room).  This policy will be monitored by the coordinator of the Surgical Technology Program when visiting or calling the clinical facility.

Students hired by a facility and who are working for that facility when they are NOT in clinical, will not be covered under the liability insurance purchased by the College of Southern Idaho.

Students may not have worked at any job within 8 hours of any clinical practice.

Mission Statement

The Surgical Technology program is an integral unit of the Health Sciences and Human Services Department of the College of Southern Idaho. The program educates the student to assist the surgical team to become a vital member of the multidisciplinary healthcare workforce.

Program Goals

  1. Demonstrate entry-level cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains necessary for entry into the field of surgical technology.
  2. Demonstrate compliance with the criteria set forth in the most current standards and guidelines for an accredited educational program in surgical technology. 
  3. Qualify for national certification testing for surgical technology.

Program Objectives/Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic sciences related to surgical technology. (Cognitive)
  2. Recognize and assist with emergency situations. (Cognitive, psychomotor)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of bloodborne diseases. (Cognitive)
  4. Demonstrate application and knowledge of competencies of aseptic technique. (Cognitive, psychomotor)
  5. Practice within ethical and legal standards in relation to patient, physician, hospital, and personnel. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  6. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to surgical procedures. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  7. Prepare and function as a Surgical Technologist during pre-, intra-, and post-surgical procedures. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  8. Demonstrate application and knowledge related to workplace and patient safety. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)
  9. Establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships. (Affective)
  10. Demonstrate continuing educational growth. (Cognitive)
  11. Demonstrate employability skills. (Cognitive, psychomotor and affective)

Effectiveness Data

The Surgical Technology Program is proud to note that its graduates consistently have a higher percentage pass rate than the (posted) NBSTSA National average pass rate (for surgical technology programs): more information regarding national pass rates can be found at

NBSTSA pass rate