ARC/STSA Updates

New Policy Updates Webinar for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Programs – August 4, 2022

2022-08-04T14:52:57-06:00August 4th, 2022|

The August 1, 2022, effective date of the new and updated ARC/STSA policies is quickly approaching.  Join us for an informational session on Tuesday, August 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MT, to review and discuss the new and updated policies below. Policies effective August 1, 2022, for all surgical technology and surgical assisting programs include: Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop Attendance Policy Outcomes [...]

August 1, 2022, Annual Report Submission Extension Announced – April 21, 2022

2022-04-22T09:11:04-06:00April 22nd, 2022|

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 [...]

Associate Degree Implementation Policy for Surgical Technology Programs – April 11, 2022

2022-04-15T15:31:48-06:00April 11th, 2022|

Now Available – the Associate Degree Implementation Policy for Surgical Technology Programs! Visit the policy page of the ARC/STSA website at 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 [...]

New ARC/STSA Policies & Best Practice Guide for Surgical Technology Education Released – March 9, 2022

2022-04-15T15:27:00-06:00March 9th, 2022|

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 [...]

CCST-7e – December 30, 2022

2022-04-26T11:37:44-06:00January 15th, 2022|

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. [...]

Surgical Technology Standards and Guidelines Approval and Implementation – November 23, 2021

2022-01-21T10:59:08-07:00November 23rd, 2021|

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 [...]

Public Comment Period for ST Standards – Closed

2021-09-16T08:42:10-06:00August 11th, 2021|

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 [...]

Update of COVID19 Extensions & Postponements – June 1, 2021

2021-07-14T14:43:39-06:00June 1st, 2021|

The following updates to previous extensions and postponements were approved at the March 2021 meeting of the ARC/STSA Board of Directors in consideration of the health and safety of surgical patients, students, educators, and volunteers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. On-ground Accreditation Fundamentals for Educator (AFE) workshops have been discontinued through December 31, 2021. Virtual AFE workshops continue to be offered [...]

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