Surgical Technology Program at LFCC gets Accreditation

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2013

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Surgical Technology program received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.  Through this accreditation, the quality of LFCC’s surgical technology program met or exceeded nationally established standards.

The Surgical Technology Program prepares graduates to work in operating rooms, in hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. The program entails a three semester/12 month commitment with courses taught in classroom settings and clinical laboratories. Qualifying graduates of the accredited Surgical Technology Program will sit for the National Certifying Examination. 

Tina Putman, Director of Surgical Technology at LFCC, has worked diligently over the last year to make this accreditation a reality.  She proclaims, “There is no other option than to be accredited; most hospitals require that their surgical technicians be taught through accredited educational facilities.”  Putman was elated when the college received the official CAAHEP’s accreditation this week.

The College works closely with local hospitals and outpatient surgical centers to ensure students have on-site clinical training.  Clinical rotations are performed at Winchester Medical Center, Surgi-Center of Winchester, Warren Memorial Hospital, and Fauquier Health.

For more information regarding the Surgical Technology Certification program at LFCC, contact Tina Putman at 540-868-7066.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.