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A Report from the ARC/STSA Executive Director

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

At the March 2019 meeting of the ARC/STSA, 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


Safety in Numbers: The Power of Surgical Technologists in the Operating Room

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

Consenting to surgery is a leap of faith for patients and families. Knowing that a team of strangers will take you or a loved one away, into a room, put you to sleep and cut into you, is undoubtedly a harrowing experience. I am humbled and honored every day to have patients and families that entrust us to do this. I am confident in our ability to warrant that trust because of the team I am so lucky to work with. I often say that the surgeon is like the quarterback—lots of press, interviews and awards—but the surgical team is like the offensive line—the ones who do most of the hard lifting and drive the success of the team. Continue reading


The Critical Role of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants

Date posted: February 20th, 2019

As the landscape for surgery and hospital administration continues to evolve, surgical technologists and assistants are becoming increasingly integral in the operating room (OR). They allow the surgeon to perform to the best of their ability and for the surgery to run smoothly. Without them, surgeons would struggle with every aspect of the case, from the initial incision to the last stitch. 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


Janice Grewatz and Karyn Songer Join the ARC/STSA Board of Directors

Date posted: August 13th, 2018

The ARC/STSA is pleased to welcome Janice Lovekamp, BS, CST, CSFA, CSPDT, FAST and Karyn Songer, AS, CST, FAST, to its Board of Directors. Each will hold a three-year term concluding in December 2021. Continue reading


New Staff Member: Welcome, Erin Monroy!

Date posted: August 13th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Erin Monroy has joined the ARC/STSA team as an accreditation specialist. Erin comes to the ARC/STSA with an extensive background in administration, including serving as a department head in Western States Fire Protection’s corporate office in Centennial, Colorado. Continue reading


Congratulations to ARC/STSA’s 2018 Scholarship Recipients! 

Date posted: June 5th, 2018

Congratulations to ARC/STSA’s 2018 Scholarship Recipients Receiving a Total of $6,000!  (click picture below for complete listing)


2018 Surgical Technology Annual Report Due July 31

Date posted: April 30th, 2018

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2018 Annual Report Instructions Now Available

Date posted: April 6th, 2018

2018 ARC-STSA Annual Report Instructions  Click on the on the photograph or link above to access the complete 2018 Annual Report Instructions for Surgical Technology programs.  The Report will be available for data entry beginning May 4, 2018, and completed … Continue reading


Registration Now Closed – Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators on May 30, 2018

Date posted: March 6th, 2018

Important Notice – The upcoming May AFE  Workshop in Orlando will be the last opportunity to attend an AFE in 2018!  The next AFE will be held on February 7, 2019…details coming soon!