Monthly Archives: June 2017

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT- Director of Education Services

Date posted: June 21st, 2017

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), a private, not-for-profit accrediting body is seeking a highly qualified individual with exceptional leadership abilities, as well as a strong background in accreditation process, education program development, … Continue reading


A Site Visit from the Program Perspective

Date posted: June 12th, 2017

After reading a site visitor’s perspective in the ARC/STSA newsletter, I thought it would be a good idea to write a short article from the perspective of the program. As a former ARC/STSA board member and current site visitor, I have spoken to many program directors over the years, and everyone has the same fears when they receive the dreaded letter/email stating your program’s visit is due for its on-site evaluation. Continue reading


2016 Educator Scholarship Winner Carrie Engel Talks Being an Educator and a Student

Date posted: June 12th, 2017

Being a full-time educator along with a student is not always the easiest, but it can be done. Since receiving the scholarship, I have been able to focus not only on my own education but also the education that I am giving my students. Continue reading


The Past and Future of the Associate Degree Guideline

Date posted: June 12th, 2017

The current CAAHEP Accreditation Standards for Surgical Technology were adopted in 2013 and include a Guideline related to Standard I.A. stating, “Projected for Aug. 1, 2021, all sponsoring institutions should award a minimum of an associate degree at the completion of the program.” What brought us to the 2013 Guideline language, and what will the CAAHEP process look like moving forward? Continue reading