Monthly Archives: September 2016

Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE), Site Visitor Training-Beginning (SVT-B), and Site Visitor Training-Advanced (SVT-A)

Date posted: September 30th, 2016

At the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators [AFE] Workshop, offered from 8:00 am –3:00 pm on Friday, February 17, 2017 (the day of registration for the AST Educators Conference in Orlando, FL and the opening night speaker), the ARC/STSA will guide you through CAAHEP’s accreditation Standards and Guidelines and the accreditation process to enhance your accreditation knowledge, permitting your program to optimize the benefits of this prestigious accreditation. Continue reading


‘Surgical Technology Olympics’ Reward Students’ Hard Work at North-West College

Date posted: September 26th, 2016

National Surgical Technologists Week is arguably the most important week of surgical technology students’ training. It is the time to emphasize the importance of our profession, certification, and the tremendous value we bring to the operating room team. Continue reading


Celebrating NSTW at Glendale Career College

Date posted: September 26th, 2016

National Surgical Technologist Week is filled with special recognition for students at Glendale Career College (GCC) in Glendale, California.

At GCC, NSTW has been an annual event for the past 25 years. Students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and the campus shows its appreciating with special events, including visits from local surgeons who are active in the Program Advisory Committee for Surgical Technology. Continue reading


Celebrating the Unknown Faces of the Operating Room

Date posted: September 26th, 2016

To be a surgical technologist and celebrate every year during our National Surgical Technologists Week is truly an honor. Surgical technologists play a vital role in patient care during surgical procedures, and it is surprising to see how few people know who we are and what we do. Continue reading


Congratulations to the 2016 ARC/STSA Scholarship Program Recipients!

Date posted: September 7th, 2016

Since 2005, the ARC/STSA Board of Directors annually awards multiple scholarships as part of its commitment to the advancement of surgical technology and surgical assisting education. The ARC/STSA Scholarship Program is designed to assist surgical technology and surgical assisting student members and educators in their pursuit of higher education in the professions. At the March 2016 meeting, the Board of Directors awarded $5,050 (combined) in scholarships. Continue reading


Impacts of New Employer and Graduate Survey Thresholds

Date posted: September 7th, 2016

The ARC/STSA Board of Directors recently reviewed the thresholds for, and beginning August 1, 2016, implemented changes to, the graduate and employer outcomes in response to in-depth data analysis and solicited program director feedback. Continue reading


The Art of Preceptorships: What They Are and How Program Directors Can Encourage Them

Date posted: September 7th, 2016

Preceptors are the seasoned surgical technologists and surgical assistants who have worked in the operating room for a particular service, such as neuro, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular, general and ENT, and have mastered the techniques used by most, if not all, of the surgeons that have privileges. The preceptor is one of the most important and relevant members of the healthcare education team. Continue reading


ARC/STSA National Surgical Technology Trends

Date posted: September 6th, 2016

Wondering how your Surgical Technology program’s outcomes compare to the rest of the nation? Well, now you can find out quickly. The ARC/STSA has compiled and published national statistics outcomes covering the last three reporting years. Continue reading