Yearly Archives: 2020

2020 Scholarship Program: Deadline Extended Through March 31. Apply Today!

Date posted: March 24th, 2020

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


Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices for Student Retention

Date posted: March 24th, 2020

As program directors and instructors, we know the many challenges of running a surgical technology program. What we don’t always know is what our students might be going through outside the classroom. This requires educators and student support systems to use a variety of tools to meet the needs of students. Continue reading


Executive Director’s Report: ARC/STSA’s 2020 Vision

Date posted: March 24th, 2020

Welcome to 2020 — not just a new year, a new decade! The ARC/STSA continues our commitment to education and programmatic accreditation in surgical technology and surgical assisting, community outreach and development of services. So much is underway as we enter the new decade, so I wanted to take a moment to share just a few highlights. Continue reading


AFE Workshop Canceled for May 27, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia

Date posted: March 18th, 2020

Please note, the May 27, 2020, Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) has been canceled due to the current public heath crisis. Those who have already registered and paid will be contacted directly with the options of a full refund or … Continue reading


ARC/STSA Cancels May 27, 2020, AFE Workshop

Date posted: March 18th, 2020

Given the current public health crisis, the ARC/STSA has made the decision to proactively cancel the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) workshop scheduled for May 27, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. We understand that your focus as educators is fully on … Continue reading


ARC/STSA Office Operations: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Date posted: March 17th, 2020

In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our staff, the ARC/STSA administrative offices will operate on a remote basis beginning Tuesday, March 17.  We will continue to serve our programs and be available during our normal business … Continue reading


Updated Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Date posted: March 12th, 2020

This notification serves to update the statement issued by the ARC/STSA on March 9, 2020, to support our programs as educators are challenged with instituting proactive measures to address the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As institutions make decisions to alter … Continue reading


COVID-19 Statement

Date posted: March 9th, 2020

CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology and surgical assisting programs are in the process of planning and making decisions on how best to respond to the impact of COVID-19. Since the spread of COVID-19 is continuing, please know the ARC/STSA supports you as … Continue reading


Grants 101: What a Grant Specialist Wants You to Know

Date posted: February 21st, 2020

One area in which new surgical technology program directors can enhance their programs is through grants. At Madisonville Community College, I have been very fortunate to work with David Schuermer and Craig Dixon, two grant specialists who frequently lend their expertise and insight when it comes to all things grants. Through their efforts, we have been able to obtain items for the surgical technology program that have enhanced the students’ learning experience. Just a few of those items include a surgical table, surgical instruments and a LAPSIM training system. Continue reading


Outside Perspectives: Guest Lecturers Share Advice for Students Upon Graduation

Date posted: February 21st, 2020

Oftentimes, program instructors will invite guest lecturers into the classroom to provide students with an outside perspective. These guests can range from operating room managers to human resources experts, and their visits serve as an opportunity for students to get face time with potential employers. Continue reading