Announcements2022-04-15T15:27:40-06:00

Announcements

August 1, 2022, Annual Report Submission Extension Announced – April 21, 20222022-04-22T09:11:04-06:00

Due to technical challenges with the launch of the new 2022 ARC/STSA Annual Report platform, the report submission due date has been extended from May 31 to August 1, 2022.

Thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve the technical difficulties as quickly as possible.  We will host a live webinar training in early May to walk through the new reporting format.  Watch for the training notification, which will be sent to all programs via email, and posted on the ARC/STSA’s website and social media outlets in the next week.

Until then, please download the updated version of the Annual Report Instructions, watch the Annual Report Tutorial video, and check out our answers to some frequently asked Annual Report questions in our eNewsletter released today.

If you have immediate questions, please email us at info@arcstsa.org for a detailed response; and, if there’s a question we can’t diagnose or that needs further discussion, we’ll email you a link to select a time on our calendar for a 30-minute Zoom call.

Associate Degree Implementation Policy for Surgical Technology Programs – April 11, 20222022-04-15T15:31:48-06:00
Now Available – the Associate Degree Implementation Policy for Surgical Technology Programs! Visit the policy page of the ARC/STSA website at https://arcstsa.org/policies/ to review the new policy, which is effective August 1, 2022, in conjunction with the new ST Standards and Guidelines.
Surgical technology programs that do not award an associate degree as of August 1, 2022, may apply for a two-year extension of the required implementation date by submitting an Associate Degree Extension Form. The Associate Degree Extension Form will be posted on the ARC/STSA website by May 1, 2022, and may be submitted between May 1 and July 31, 2022.
New ARC/STSA Policies & Best Practice Guide for Surgical Technology Education Released – March 9, 20222022-04-15T15:27:00-06:00

The Board of Directors has approved five new policies (3 for SA & ST programs, and 2 for ST programs only), which will become effective August 1, 2022, including:

  • Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop Attendance Policy
  • Clinical Evaluation, Case Log and Clinical Expectations Policy for Surgical Technology Programs
  • Laboratory Sufficiency Policy for Surgical Technology Programs
  • Outcomes Threshold, Reporting and Assessment Policy
  • Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Member and Meeting Policy

These policies were distributed to all program directors and deans today and are posted on the ARC/STSA’s website – policy page for further review and reference.

A Best Practice Guide for Surgical Technology Education, which replaces the former Standards Interpretive Guide (SIG) for Surgical Technology programs, is now available as well, and is posted on the ARC/STSA website – Standards & Curricula Page.

Watch for webinars and live Q & A sessions coming soon!

Important Updates & Reminders: Standards, Curricula, Annual Report, Fees & Policies — February 16, 20222022-02-16T10:54:45-07:00

To access the complete announcement regarding important updates and reminders, please click here.

CCST-7e – December 30, 20222022-04-26T11:37:44-06:00

The ARC/STSA will mail complimentary hard copies of the CCST, seventh edition, to each program director of CAAHEP-accredited and initial applicant surgical technology programs (1 per program) in early 2022. In the meantime, please see Standards & Curricula page under the Accreditation tab of the ARC/STSA website to access a digital copy of the corrected version of the CCST, 7e.

The ARC/STSA has established January 1, 2024, as the date for full implementation of the CCST-7e. ST programs must be utilizing the CCST-7e, in its entirety after this date. Curriculum can be assessed for compliance with the Standards utilizing the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, sixth edition or seventh edition, up to December 31, 2023.

Surgical Technology Standards and Guidelines Approval and Implementation – November 23, 20212022-01-21T10:59:08-07:00

At their meeting on November 19, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) voted to approve proposed language to the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. (See Approved ST Standards)

To provide programs additional time to review and implement the newly approved CAAHEP Surgical Technology Standards and Guidelines, the ARC/STSA Board of Directors has unanimously approved August 1, 2022, as the effective date for these Standards.

The ARC/STSA will present a series of webinars on the Surgical Technology Standards and Guidelines to assist programs with their implementation over the coming months. All training webinars will be posted at https://arcstsa.org/webinars/ and announcements will be sent to each surgical technology program beginning in 2022.

For initial guidance regarding Standard I.A., the Sponsoring Institution and the Associate Degree implementation, please see below:

Guidance related to the implementation of Standard I.A.

  • For CAAHEP accredited surgical technology programs currently offering an Associate Degree only. No changes related to Standard I.A. implementation, the program has already established compliance with Standard I.A.
  • For CAAHEP accredited surgical technology programs currently offering both an Associate Degree and certificate/diploma track. The program may continue to enroll into the certificate/ diploma track up to July 31, 2022.
  • For CAAHEP accredited surgical technology programs that are certificate/diploma only (no Associate Degree award). The program may continue to enroll into the certificate/diploma track up to July 31, 2022. The ARC/STSA will require a progress report on the sponsoring institution’s progress towards compliance with Standard I.A. no later than July 1, 2022. This category of programs may apply for a two-year implementation extension beyond the August 1, 2022, date (for Associate Degree implementation only) between July 1 – July 31, 2022. The two-year extension would then begin on August 1, 2022.

ARC/STSA will provide additional details on the implementation of the Surgical Technology Standards and Guidelines over the coming months. Please contact the ARC/STSA at info@arcstsa.org for guidance related to your specific implementation questions.

We’re Hiring for TWO Positions! Join the ARC/STSA Team. Apply Today! – October 11, 20212022-01-20T11:18:17-07:00
Public Comment Period for ST Standards – Closed2021-09-16T08:42:10-06:00

As part of the national accreditation CAAHEP Standards development process, the ARC/STSA invites public comment on the proposed CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology.

To provide comments, please download the linked annotated Standards and use the downloaded version as a reference to complete the linked survey to submit your feedback. After the closing of the comment period, an Open Hearing for each set of Standards will be conducted. If you would like to attend the Open Hearing, please register here.