Surgical Technology program awarded initial accreditation

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College's Surgical Technology program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The accreditation status stands for five years.

The accreditation is the result of an on-site peer review conducted in February by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors, and recognizes NMC's substantial compliance with the nationally-established accreditation standards. The initial accreditation status will expire on November 30, 2022.

The ARC/STSA will regularly monitor NMC's compliance with the outcomes assessment thresholds through the program’s annual report.

Surgical Technology is one of NMC's newest programs. The college awarded eight degrees in May 2017. It is offered in partnership with Munson Medical Center. Surgical technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. They work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Release date: November 27, 2017

For more information:

April Kesler
Surgical Technology coordinator
(231) 995-1275


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