• Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices for Student Retention

    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

    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...
  • Grants 101: What a Grant Specialist Wants You to Know

    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

    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...
  • AFE Workshop: A Tool Against Accreditation Stress

    In early February, 100 program directors, faculty and administrative professionals gathered in San Antonio for ARC/STSA’s Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop. With a record-high attendance, there was ample opportunity for attendees to learn from each other, exchange ideas and network. Continue Reading...
  • Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

    ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology and surgical assisting programs for receiving initial and continuing accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach such important milestones. Continue Reading...
  • ‘Tis the Season to Give Back

    Hear from program directors across the country on how their students are spreading holiday cheer and embracing the spirit of giving back this time of year. Continue Reading...
  • Get to Know Your ARC/STSA Board Member: Kellie McFarlin, MD, FACS

    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...
  • Give Yourself the Gift of a Scholarship

    We recognize the incredible work of you and your students and are honored, once again, to announce the ARC/STSA 2020 Scholarship Program to support students and educators who continue to pursue their dreams.   Continue Reading...
  • Fight Accreditation Stress With the AFE Workshop

    At ARC/STSA, we understand the value of accreditation — as well as the stress it can cause. But at the end of the day, we want all programs to have the tools for success. What better way to achieve this than through a hands-on workshop with your peers? Continue Reading...
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