• Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

    ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology programs for receiving initial accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach an important milestone. North Idaho College – Coeur d’Alene, ID Louisiana State University at Eunice – Eunice, LA Saint Paul College – Saint Paul, MN Concorde Career College – San Antonio, TX Continue Reading...
  • 2020 Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) Reporting Notices

    Please click on the button below to review important notices regarding changes in reporting 2020 Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) pass rates for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting programs. These notices were sent on Oct. 1 to program directors and deans. Continue Reading...
  • Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) Update

    Please click the links below to for important notices regarding changes in reporting 2020 Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) pass rates. OAE Notification to Surgical Technology Programs OAE Notification to Surgical Assisting Programs Continue Reading...
  • Associate Degree Update

    As presented in the April 2019 ARC/STSA eNewsletter, the Board of Directors approved the following language related to Standard I. A. - Sponsorship of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. Continue Reading...
  • The Consistency and Reliability of a Surgical Assistant

    The certified surgical assistant is a position that is quite unique to the surgical specialty, especially as most institutions utilize physician assistants (PA) or registered nurse first assistants (RNFA). Yet the history and importance of surgical assistants at Mayo Clinic, as well as other institutions, cannot be understated. Continue Reading...
  • The Benefits of Becoming a Site Visitor

    The purpose of a site visit is to help assess and improve the quality of programs and student outcomes. But it can also be a time for site visitors to learn and have their own a-ha moments. Continue Reading...
  • Best Practices for Hitting the Mark on Retention

    While a number of factors can cause low retention rates, it’s important for instructors to be proactive. Instructors should meet students halfway and ensure they are taking the right steps to provide the tools and support students need to succeed, as well as create a environment students will want to enroll in and return to. If your program is having difficulty with retention rates, consider these ideas. Continue Reading...
  • ARC/STSA May AFE Workshop

    ast month, ARC/STSA held the second Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop of 2019. Approximately 75 program directors, faculty and administrative professionals gathered in National Harbor, Maryland, for a full day of education and networking. Continue Reading...
  • Congrats to ARC/STSA Scholarship Recipients

    ARC/STSA is proud to announce recipients of the 2019 scholarship awards. This year, 10 students and one educator were awarded a total of $6,000 in combined scholarships. Hear from the recipients about their unique journeys, what excites them about entering the profession and what’s on their horizons. Continue Reading...
  • Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

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