The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), a private, not-for-profit accrediting body is seeking a highly qualified individual with [...]
After reading a site visitor’s perspective in the ARC/STSA newsletter, I thought it would be a good idea to write a short article from the perspective of the program. As a former ARC/STSA board member and current site visitor, I have spoken to many program directors over the years, and everyone has the same fears when they receive the dreaded letter/email stating your program’s visit is due for its on-site evaluation.
Being a full-time educator along with a student is not always the easiest, but it can be done. Since receiving the scholarship, I have been able to focus not only on my own education but also the education that I am giving my students.
The current CAAHEP Accreditation Standards for Surgical Technology were adopted in 2013 and include a Guideline related to Standard I.A. stating, “Projected for Aug. 1, 2021, all sponsoring institutions should award a minimum of an associate degree at the completion of the program.” What brought us to the 2013 Guideline language, and what will the CAAHEP process look like moving forward?