Recruiting the Next Generation

2020-07-24T13:36:33-06:00October 9th, 2019|

For the last several years, the allied health program at Madisonville Community College (MCC) has hosted open houses for local high school students to learn of the many healthcare positions available to study. When asked which profession interests them, most high schoolers state nursing. As allied health faculty, however, we know nursing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to professions available. We were in need of a better way to clearly and effectively communicate the diversity of such roles MCC offers.

Remember When … You Were a Student?

2020-07-24T13:36:35-06:00October 9th, 2019|

As educators of surgical technology and surgical assistant students, every now and then it can be helpful (and fun) to step back and remember what it was like to be a student. What felt like a mountain of a mistake then is likely a funny story to share now. Take a walk down memory lane and tell us, do you remember…

Tips for an Active Program Advisory Committee

2020-07-24T13:36:35-06:00October 9th, 2019|

Do you have trouble keeping your Program Advisory Committee (PAC) active and engaged? A successful PAC should strengthen your program and serve as a conduit to the community. Without the right structure and direction, however, a PAC can fall flat. Here are tips from experts in the field on leading a successful PAC.

Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

2020-07-24T13:36:36-06:00October 9th, 2019|

ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology programs for receiving initial accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach an important milestone. North Idaho College – Coeur d’Alene, ID Louisiana State University at Eunice – Eunice, LA Saint Paul College – Saint Paul, MN Concorde Career College – San [...]

2020 Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) Reporting Notices

2020-07-24T13:36:37-06:00October 9th, 2019|

Please click on the button below to review important notices regarding changes in reporting 2020 Outcomes Assessment Examination (OAE) pass rates for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting programs. These notices were sent on Oct. 1 to program directors and deans.

Associate Degree Update

2019-10-22T12:04:03-06:00June 18th, 2019|

As presented in the April 2019 ARC/STSA eNewsletter, the Board of Directors approved the following language related to Standard I. A. - Sponsorship of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology.

The Consistency and Reliability of a Surgical Assistant

2019-10-22T12:04:03-06:00June 18th, 2019|

The certified surgical assistant is a position that is quite unique to the surgical specialty, especially as most institutions utilize physician assistants (PA) or registered nurse first assistants (RNFA). Yet the history and importance of surgical assistants at Mayo Clinic, as well as other institutions, cannot be understated.

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