New Streamlined ARC/STSA Forms – Surgical Technology Programs

Effective August 1, 2014, the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) will implement the following new standardized forms, including an updated ARC/STSA Standards Interpretive Guide – ST [ST-SIG], as part of the initiative to streamline the process for reporting changes and to make demonstrating compliance with CAAHEP Standards easier:

Clinical Affiliate Attestation Form – An ARC/STSA Clinical Affiliate Attestation Form for each new affiliate should be attached to the applicable subpage of the Annual Report.  A copy of the clinical affiliation agreement is no longer required to be attached to the applicable subpage of the Annual Report.

Curriculum Attestation Form – Curricular change approval requests will now include use of an ARC/STSA Curriculum Attestation Form verifying that the curriculum offered meets the content requirements of the current edition of the national Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology.

Program Personnel Data Forms

Please note that failure to provide accurate information on the new ARC/STSA attestation forms, verified upon ARC/STSA request or during program review [On-Site Evaluation or PRR], will result in a Recommendation for Probationary Accreditation, which can lead to Withdrawal of Accreditation.


Outcomes Tracking Tool – Programs are required to track outcomes using the new, standardized ARC/STSA Outcomes Tracking Tool for cohorts enrolled on or after August 1, 2014.  A copy of the ARC/STSA Outcomes Tracking Tool Instructions and a sample of a completed tracking tool are available for review on the Forms and Facts page.

ARC/STSA Plan of Action FormAll plans of action should be developed/submitted using the ARC/STSA Plan of Action Form, including plans of action submitted in Annual Reports, findings letter responses, etc. One (1) Plan of Action Form is used for each plan developed, even if multiple plans of action are requested. A copy of the ARC/STSA Plan of Action Instructions and a sample of a completed plan of action are available for review on the Forms and Facts page.

Please contact us at or 303-694-9262 if you have any questions regarding the new ARC/STSA forms.

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