ARC/STSA is proud to celebrate our golden anniversary this year – 50 years of accreditation and education excellence. This year we’ll be looking back at the last five decades — from our humble beginnings in December 1972 as the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the Operating Room Technician (JRC-ORT) to today, as we provide national accreditation services for more than 400 higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting. Click here to read more about the history of ARC/STSA and how it was originally formed under the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA).

There would not be a celebration without our programs! We reached out to our programs who have been continuously accredited since 1975-1979 to ask some questions on the history of their programs, and will highlight those programs all year long.

Featured in this newsletter is the surgical technology program at Manchester Community College Hartford Hospital Consortium in Hartford, Connecticut, which has been continuously accredited since August 1977! Program Director Terry Kennedy, MAT, CST, who has