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Rasmussen College Receives Accreditation For Surgical Technology Program Designed To Meet The Educational Needs Of A Growing Industry

December 15, 2010

Erin Werthman
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FARGO, N.D., (December 15, 2010) — Rasmussen College announced today that its Moorhead, MN/Fargo, ND college campus has been granted programmatic accreditation for its Surgical Technologist degree program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(CAAHEP), based on a recommendation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Students interested in entering the rapidly growing, fast-paced field of surgical technology may now pursue their education and training through Rasmussen College.

“After a thorough review process, Rasmussen College may now offer its students in Fargo and the surrounding communities the opportunity to enter the technical and in-demand field of surgical technology. These professionals lay the groundwork for every successful surgical procedure by preparing the operating room and equipment for use,” Rasmussen College Director of the School of Allied Health Lorrie Laurin said. “Part of our growing School of Allied Health, the Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology, surgical techniques pathology, microbiology, and pharmacology throughout the course of their studies, so they may effectively begin a career in surgical technology upon graduation.”

Rasmussen College students enrolled in the Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program will have the opportunity to explore the multitude of responsibilities of a surgical technologist, study specific procedures and instruments used in a surgical environment, and work as a surgical technologist in a real-world surgical environment. The Fargo/Moorhead campus joins Rasmussen College campuses in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and St. Cloud, Minn., in offering a Surgical Technology program accredited by CAAHEP.

In cooperation with CAAHEP, the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field, ARC/STSA is the only Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting. Relying on a set of standards outlined in the Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Educational Programs in Surgical Technology and the Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Educational Programs in Surgical Assisting, ARC/STSA identifies programs that prepare individuals to enter a profession in surgical technology or surgical assisting.

Students interested in earning an Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree may now enroll in courses by visiting or contacting (701) 277-3889.

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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