Yearly Archives: 2018

Congratulations to Programs Receiving Initial Accreditation in 2018

Date posted: December 10th, 2018

The ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology and surgical assisting programs for receiving initial accreditation in 2018. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach an important milestone. Continue reading


ARC/STSA Now Accepting 2019 Scholarship Applications

Date posted: December 10th, 2018

The holidays are right around the corner, and there’s no better gift to give yourself than that of a scholarship. We are continuing to accept applications for our 2019 Scholarship Program, benefitting surgical technology and surgical assisting students and educators. Continue reading


Become an ARC/STSA Site Visitor

Date posted: December 10th, 2018

Calling all interested program directors! We are looking for individuals to join the ARC/STSA Site Visitor team and help advance the profession. You’ve likely undergone a site visit for your own program – maybe even recently. Now is the time to give back by becoming a site visitor. We encourage you to join the ARC/STSA Site Visitor Beginner/Refresher and Advanced Training sessions, on February 8, 2018, during the Educators Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Continue reading


Think Outside the Book

Date posted: December 10th, 2018

Teaching post-secondary vocational education is exciting, rewarding and challenging. An increase in multiple generations enrolled in the same class can challenge educators to reach and support each generation effectively; however, technology can serve as the bridge to connect the generations. Continue reading


Understanding the Layers of Support for Students

Date posted: December 10th, 2018

Choosing to become a surgical technology or surgical assisting student comes with the understanding that academic, professional and personal challenges lie ahead – as well as a great deal of support. At the end of the day, programs want their students to succeed. It becomes a true community effort, with layers of support that go beyond program directors and instructors. Continue reading


How Do You Create a Community from Day One?

Date posted: December 10th, 2018

When I arrived in Alaska four-and-a-half years ago, there was no chapter for the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), no surgical technologist program, and no real requirement for surgical technologists to be or become certified. Since this time, we have had major changes in our community of surgical technologists, including the formation of the Alaska State assembly. Initially the Assembly consisted of only officer positions and a few board of director roles. Today, all board positions are full and we have an attendance of around 30 for our workshop and meeting. Continue reading


2019 Scholarships – Now Closed

Date posted: October 22nd, 2018

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the ARC/STSA 2019 Scholarship Program in service to the surgical technology and surgical assisting student and educator communities. 2019 Scholarship … Continue reading


ARC/STSA Now Accepting 2019 Scholarship Applications

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

ARC/STSA is pleased to announce the launch of our 2019 Scholarship Program, benefitting surgical technology and surgical assisting students and educators. Continue reading


Become an ARC/STSA Site Visitor

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the reviewing end of a site visit? Are you passionate about helping advance surgical assisting and surgical technology programs? Are you looking to improve your own program? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we encourage you to join the ARC/STSA Site Visitor Beginner/Refresher and Advanced Training sessions, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, during the Educators Conference in Tempe, AZ. Continue reading


Soft Skills Need Sharpening?

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

Soft skills such as professionalism aren’t always taught in the classroom, but for students, they are a critical companion to the technical skills learned in the laboratory  and clinical rotations. We spoke with Paula Marentay, educational nurse coordinator at the University of Michigan Health System, to get her thoughts on the soft skills students should hone. Considering clinical rotations can be “a 12- to 13-week job interview,” as Marentay notes, it never hurts to keep these soft skills sharp. Here are a few tips for students, that educators can emphasize in the classroom. Continue reading