ARC/STSA National Surgical Technology Trends

ARC/STSA National Surgical Technology Trends

The following data were gathered from the Annual Reports that all Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(CAAHEP)-accredited Surgical Technology programs are required to submit to the ARC/STSA. Publication of this national data is part
of the ARC/STSA’s commitment to transparency and quality higher education in Surgical Technology. The CST™ exam is administered
by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

 

Surgical Technology Outcomes Trends 2013-2015*

OUTCOME Year Percentage OUTCOME Year Percentage
Student Retention 2016 66.23% Employer Survey Return Rate 2016 65.24%
2015 64.98% 2015 64.86%
2014 60.01% 2014 64.76%
2013 60.89% 2013 65.66%
2012 62.17% 2012 64.26%
OUTCOME Year Percentage OUTCOME Year Percentage
CST™ Exam Participation 2016 97.53% Employer Satisfaction 2016 96.74%
2015 97.00% 2015 95.92%
2014 95.52% 2014 95.17%
2013 90.60% 2013 94.02%
2012 93.08% 2012 96.06%
OUTCOME Year Percentage OUTCOME Year Percentage
CST™ Exam Pass Rate 2016 78.69% Graduate Survey Return Rate 2016 67.12%
2015 77.26% 2015 65.88%
2014 75.75% 2014 62.37%
2013 64.93% 2013 63.04%
2012 61.44% 2012 66.60%
OUTCOME Year Percentage OUTCOME Year Percentage
Graduate Placement Rate 2016 81.61% Graduate Satisfaction 2016 96.62%
2015 78.73% 2015 96.98%
2014 77.58% 2014 96.14%
2013 78.46% 2013 94.71%
2012 75.64% 2012 94.84%

The ARC/STSA has established the following thresholds for each outcome

Student Graduation Rate 70% for all cohorts that enrolled before August 1, 2015
60% for all cohorts that enrolled on or after August 1, 2015
CST™ Exam Participation 100% for all graduates
CST™ Pass Rate 70% for all graduates
Graduate Job Placement 80% for all graduates
Employer Survey Return Rate 50% for all surveys sent to employers
Employer Satisfaction Rate 85% for all completers before August 1, 2016 and administered no sooner than 9 months from graduate
placement. Use the unrevised Employer Satisfaction Survey Form- www.arcstsa.org
70% for all completers on or after August 1, 2016 and may be administered immediately upon placement. Use the newly revised Employer Satisfaction Survey Form
Graduate Survey Return Rate 50% for all surveys sent to graduates
Graduate Satisfaction 85% for all completers before August 1, 2016 and administered no sooner than 6 months from program
completion. Use the unrevised Graduate Satisfaction Survey Form
70% for all completers on or after August 1, 2016 and may be administered immediately upon completion of the program. Use the newly revised Graduate Satisfaction Survey Form-www.arcstsa.org

9/6/2016


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