The UAFS surgical technology program was accredited in 1980 to serve the needs of the community and surrounding area. The surgical technology program and UAFS are committed to providing high-quality education in the field of surgical technology; preparing competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and providing the health care consumer with highly competent and motivated practitioners.
At the clinical site, the curriculum prepares students to function in the operating room by combining classroom and campus laboratory instruction with actual surgical suite experience. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to write the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). This program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) - a CAAHEP Recognized Committee on Accreditation, and sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. The national accrediting body recommends the A.A.S. as the entry-degree.