USF Surgical Technology program earns continuing accreditation

The surgical technology program at the University of Saint Francis has been awarded continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The program has received accreditation for the next 10 years, which is the maximum time awarded until the next review.

The recent peer review recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the national established accreditation standards. The next evaluation, including an on-site review, will occur no later than 2030.

Students in USF’s surgical technology program can become certified surgical technologists in two years, with a variety of clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the certified surgical technologist exam and ready to be hired into an in-demand field featuring 100% graduate employment. Surgical technology graduates are eligible to earn a bachelor’s degree in health services in one additional year, with study available online.

For more information on the USF surgical technology program, visit or contact program director Theresa Sorgen-Burleson at 260-399-7700, ext. 8575, or email

RN-to-BSN program offered at TrineTrine University in Angola is now accepting applications for its RN-to-BSN program, which will begin classes in fall.

The application is available, along with more information about the program, at

Offered completely online, the RN-to-BSN program will provide an educational experience that produces professional nursing graduates capable of delivering safe, culturally and contextually relevant, evidence-based care in a variety of environments. The program serves as an academic “bridge” from coursework in an associate or diploma nursing program to a bachelor of science in nursing.

Trine’s RN-to-BSN program is specifically designed to meet the needs of working registered nurses, with the flexible online format allowing them to complete a BSN at their own schedule and pace. Each course is eight weeks long, or six weeks during summer terms. Students do not have to log in at specific times to complete assignments, allowing them to coordinate study time around work and personal obligations.

The program consists of 12 core nursing courses, including a capstone project that demonstrates mastery and synthesis of the learning outcomes. Each course provides exceptional application-based knowledge that incorporates professional nursing standards relevant to contemporary nursing practice.

The United States is experiencing a continued and growing need for registered nurses, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting job growth to outpace other professions through at least 2026. Research also shows that BSN-prepared nurses contribute to better patient outcomes, fewer hospital readmission rates and lower mortality rates, leading to a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine that 80% of nurses earn a BSN by 2020.

The RN-to-BSN program is part of an overall expansion of Trine University’s health sciences programs announced in November 2018. In addition to RN-to-BSN, the university plans to launch its physical therapist assistant program this fall.

Talent Scholarship Day at USF

The University of Saint Francis will award scholarships to incoming students based on reviews and auditions during Talent Scholarship Day.

The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. March 21 at three locations: The Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off Leesburg Road on the USF main campus, 2701 Spring St.; the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.; and the USF Music Technology Center, 431 W. Berry St. Appointments are required.

Talent Scholarship Day gives incoming USF students the opportunity to submit a portfolio for review and/or audition for scholarship consideration in music technology, dance, studio art, graphic design, art education, animation, communication, pre-art therapy, marching band, color guard and choir.

High school juniors are invited to participate to receive feedback in preparation for their senior year.

Portfolios and auditions are critiqued by School of Creative Arts faculty. Awarded scholarships are renewable for eight semesters if the required grade point average is maintained, in addition to any academic scholarships or needs-based grants a student might also receive.

To schedule an audition or portfolio review, call 260-399-8064 or email For more information, visit Facility and campus tours are also available.

Dr. Carolyn Yauyan Woo to speak

at USF Servus Omnium

Dr. Carolyn Yauyan Woo will be the guest speaker at the 2020 Servus Omnium, presented by the University of Saint Francis.

Woo will speak on “Business as a Force for Good” at the breakfast event, which begins at 7 a.m. Feb. 25 in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door with tables available for $80 in advance. For more information, visit

Woo currently serves on the boards of Aon Corporation, NiSource, Inc., and Arabesque Partners. In 2017, she was named the Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University. She is former president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services and former dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Woo helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact. She formulated the first two Vatican Impact Investing Conferences in 2014 and 2016 and coordinated the dialogue on the environment between energy and investment company CEOs at the Vatican in 2018. Woo’s faith journey and work at Catholic Relief Services are recounted in her book, “Working for a Better World.”

The Servus Omnium blessing and opening prayer will be conducted by Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.

For more information, contact Lance Richey, vice president for academic affairs, at 260-399-8112 or email

Cindy Larson is a longtime Fort Wayne journalist and is a Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reporter. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640, Ext. 3369.

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