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Joint Position Statement – Opioid Crisis

Date posted: January 10th, 2020

The ARC/STSA has joined its partner organizations to release a joint position statement regarding the opioid abuse epidemic. Follow the link to read the full statement.  Opioid Crisis Postion Statement


2020 Scholarship Program – Now Accepting Applications!

Date posted: December 12th, 2019

Apply Now for the ARC/STSA Scholarship Program. The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical
Assisting (ARC/STSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the ARC/STSA 2018 Scholarship Program in service to the surgical technology and surgical assisting student and educator communities Continue reading


Get to Know Your ARC/STSA Board Member: Kellie McFarlin, MD, FACS

Date posted: December 11th, 2019

We caught up with ARC/STSA Board Member Kellie McFarlin, MD, FACS to learn about her thoughts on interprofessional education, as well as her experience with the ARC/STSA. Continue reading


AFE Sold Out: Next AFE – Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Date posted: November 17th, 2019

We get it – accreditation can be stressful.  But take heart, the ARC/STSA is here to demystify the process and support new and seasoned educators.  Thursday, February 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., join ARC/STSA board members and staff, … Continue reading


Recruiting the Next Generation

Date posted: October 9th, 2019

For the last several years, the allied health program at Madisonville Community College (MCC) has hosted open houses for local high school students to learn of the many healthcare positions available to study. When asked which profession interests them, most high schoolers state nursing. As allied health faculty, however, we know nursing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to professions available. We were in need of a better way to clearly and effectively communicate the diversity of such roles MCC offers. Continue reading


Welcome, Newly Elected ARC/STSA Board of Directors

Date posted: October 9th, 2019

ARC/STSA is pleased to announce newly elected officers of the Board of Directors. Get to know these individuals with more information below! Continue reading


Remember When … You Were a Student?

Date posted: October 9th, 2019

As educators of surgical technology and surgical assistant students, every now and then it can be helpful (and fun) to step back and remember what it was like to be a student. What felt like a mountain of a mistake then is likely a funny story to share now.

Take a walk down memory lane and tell us, do you remember… Continue reading


Tips for an Active Program Advisory Committee

Date posted: October 9th, 2019

Do you have trouble keeping your Program Advisory Committee (PAC) active and engaged? A successful PAC should strengthen your program and serve as a conduit to the community. Without the right structure and direction, however, a PAC can fall flat. Here are tips from experts in the field on leading a successful PAC. Continue reading


Save the Date for the AFE Workshop: Feb. 6, 2020

Date posted: October 9th, 2019

The ARC/STSA will hold its next Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, prior to the Association of Surgical Technologists’ (AST) Educators Conference. Continue reading


Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

Date posted: October 9th, 2019

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, … Continue reading