Here’s to You: Celebrating our Educators and 50 Years of Excellence in Accreditation

2022-12-15T14:25:31-07:00December 15th, 2022|

Our golden anniversary year is coming to an end, but stories of our longest continuously-accredited programs will continue. Stay tuned for more in 2023, and enjoy these stories of four programs each accredited for more than four decades. Featured in this issue are the surgical technology programs at Parkland College, Champaign, IL; Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN; Southeast Community [...]

Success Strategies in Sixty Seconds

2022-12-15T14:44:15-07:00December 15th, 2022|

By Chris Ahearn, AAS, CST When I transitioned from the OR to a program director position at a new surgical technology program, I wanted to learn all I could about how to create and maintain a successful program. As educators across the country pursue excellence every day and successfully graduate competent, entry-level surgical technologists, the ARC/STSA and EdAccred continue to [...]

AccredX Wrap-Up

2022-12-28T16:07:34-07:00December 15th, 2022|

By Jerad Claytor, MSHE, CST From the exciting Hands-On Learning Lab and collaborative Round Table Discussions to the accreditation-focused presentations and ending with an AFE Workshop, the first AccredX conference held October 6-8 was a HIT! Educators from across the country were able to listen, learn, share, and network with colleagues to better improve their time in the classroom… and [...]

Surgery in Space Part II: The Countdown Has Begun

2022-12-15T14:51:53-07:00December 15th, 2022|

By Chris Ahearn, AAS, CSTThe June ARC/STSA newsletter highlighted ways that the surgical technology community might help to solve some difficult scenarios encountered when considering surgery in space. But surgical technologists’ out-of-this-world skills also have applications a little closer to home – the past years have brought a surge of growth to the telemedicine, telesurgery, and robotics fields.Telemedicine can be defined [...]

Spotlight on ARC/STSA’s 2022 Scholarship Recipients

2022-12-15T14:26:21-07:00December 15th, 2022|

The ARC/STSA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 scholarship awards. This year, ARC/STSA awarded 10 student scholarships of $500 each and one $1,000 educator scholarship. Join us in celebrating these accomplished recipients, whose quotes are shared below, and be sure to spread the word about our 2023 scholarship applications, now posted on our Scholarship page. Chris Keegan [...]

Congrats to Programs Earning Continuing and Initial Accreditation

2022-12-15T14:26:33-07:00December 15th, 2022|

ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the surgical technology programs that have recently received awards of initial and continuing accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach these critical milestones. Surgical Technology Initial Accreditation Award: Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ Concorde Career College, Memphis, TN The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Surgical [...]

Message From the Executive Director: The Nationwide Surgical Technologist Shortage

2022-06-28T14:33:07-06:00June 28th, 2022|

By Ron Kruzel, MA, CAE, CST, FAST, ARC/STSA Executive Director Greetings to all, and I hope your summer is off to an amazing start! For two long years, our education community has learned to live in the new reality of a world with COVID, responding with amazing agility and resilience and adapting in a moment’s notice to the ever-changing landscape [...]

Surgery in Space: The CST and Their Role in Problem Solving

2022-07-18T15:07:57-06:00June 28th, 2022|

By Chris Ahearn, AAS, CST, and featuring Dr. Josef F. Schmid, III With an early 2030 launch date planned for mankind’s first mission to Mars, NASA flight surgeons and their teams have been hard at work. With 240 days between liftoff and touchdown, crews onboard are susceptible to all manner of human maladies. From headaches to bone resorption, acute appendicitis [...]

August 1st: Accreditation Summer Updates!

2022-06-28T15:54:50-06:00June 28th, 2022|

By ARC/STSA Accreditation Team As you celebrate the success of student graduations and look forward to the well-deserved summer break, we wanted to remind you about several accreditation documents with an August 1, 2022, effective date; including the new Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology (Standards), the Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting, 4th edition [...]

Congratulations to ARC/STSA 2022 Scholarship Winners!

2022-06-28T15:35:00-06:00June 28th, 2022|

The ARC/STSA is proud to announce its 2022 scholarship recipients. This year, ARC/STSA awarded 10 student scholarships of $500 each and one $1,000 educator scholarship. Join us in celebrating these accomplished recipients, shared below, and stay tuned for more information about their stories throughout the summer. You can also learn more about the recipients on the scholarship page of our website. [...]

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