Romeoville, Ill. (December 18, 2017)—Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced its Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program at its Romeoville/Joliet, Ill. campus has earned programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).1, 2 Accreditation signifies the Surgical Technologist program, which is also offered at the College’s Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Moorhead and St. Cloud, Minn. campuses as well as in Rockford, Ill. has met or exceeded standards and criteria for educational quality in Surgical Technology curriculum and preparation for students to work successfully in the profession upon graduation.
“Rasmussen College is committed to delivering the highest standard of education within its Surgical Technologist program,” said Dr. Christian Wright, Rasmussen College School of Health Sciences department dean. “Accreditation of the Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program at our Romeoville/Joliet campus is an example of how Rasmussen College is committed to providing students with the educational foundation needed to thrive in today’s workforce.”
About the Rasmussen College CAAHEP-Accredited Surgical Technologist Program
The Rasmussen College Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program offers a path to a career as a surgical technologist. According to labor analytics firm Burning Glass, job openings for surgical technologists have risen more than 32 percent in the past five years in Illinois alone.
Surgical technologists are an integral part of the surgical care team, helping prepare for and assist during a surgery. The Rasmussen College Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program provides hands-on learning in a fully equipped and industry-standard simulated surgical suite. Students also complete a surgical technologist practicum in a real-world healthcare environment. The program can be completed in as few as 21 months.3 Upon graduation, Surgical Technologist students are prepared for the CST National certification exam. Students can then choose to enter the workforce or continue their education by transferring their credits into the Rasmussen College Health and Wellness Bachelor’s degree program.
“All of our Surgical Technologist courses are taught by experienced faculty and our surgical suite offers a hands-on, practical setting,” said Chante Yearby, Rasmussen College Surgical Technologist program coordinator. “The surgical suite at our Romeoville/Joliet campus looks and feels much like an operating room, including a sterile core, instruments and supplies our students need to be familiar with when preparing for and assisting with during a surgery. Our graduates enter surgical technologist positions with the knowledge, skills and experience to become valuable members of a high-performing surgical team.”
For more information about the Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree program, please visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/health-sciences/surgical-technologist/.
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2The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Moorhead and St. Cloud, Minnesota campuses and the Romeoville/Joliet, Illinois campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Rockford, Illinois campus is not currently accredited.
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3Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.
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