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 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: