We are pleased to report that the updated and enhanced 2017 Surgical Assisting Annual Report, incorporating several easy-to-use features, is now available in support of each accredited Surgical Assisting program’s ongoing commitment to maintaining Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) national accreditation Standards.

The 2017 SA Annual Report form serves as evidence of each SA program’s compliance with the national Standards to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), and its Subcommittee on Accreditation for Surgical Assisting (SASA). Please submit the requested digital/electronic copies of the completed and comprehensive 2017 SA Annual Report [including 1 copy of the Excel Spreadsheet and 1 single, “seamless” PDF copy] which are due on or before close of business [4:30PM – Mountain] Thursday,  August 31, 2017.

  • The 2017 SA Annual Report reflects your program’s information including outcomes data for the following academic years:
    Current Program Information for the period of August 1, 2016-July 31, 2017;
  • Program Outcomes Information – retention and approved outcomes assessment exam results for the period of August 1, 2015-July 31, 2016; and,
  • Graduate Outcomes Information – graduate (positive) placement, employer and graduate satisfaction [return rate and satisfaction rate] for the period of August 1, 2014-July 31, 2015.

Please remember that in order to complete the 2017 SA Annual Report; you must use the data derived from standardized ARC/STSA outcomes tools. These standardized tools include: Employer Survey, Graduate Survey, and an ARC/STSA-approved and NCCA-accredited Outcomes Assessment Exam [i.e., CSFA Exam administered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Programs may additionally report results of the CSA Exam administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants (NCCSA) if the graduating cohort is eligible].

The ARC/STSA requests that programs sign and submit on or before Wednesday, August 16, 2017 the 2017 SA Annual Report Information Receipt

PDF email attachment to ARQuestions@arcstsa.net or by fax at 303-741-3655 to confirm receipt of all required materials.

The 2017 SA Annual Report is to be completed using the ARC/STSA-formatted Excel spreadsheet emailed to each SA program director. Instructions for completion of the report and copies of support materials were also emailed, including a sample of a completed 2017 SA Annual Report. We recommend review of the 2017 SA AR Instructions prior to starting and completing the report.

Copies of the 2017 SA Annual Report form and copies of or web links to support/supplemental annual report documents are available online at https://arcstsa.org/index.php/educators/educators-surgical-assisting/sa-reports/ .

If you have any questions regarding completion and submission of the 2017 SA Annual Report or if we can be of further assistance, please contact us at ARQuestions@arcstsa.net or at 303-694-9262.