Continuing Accreditation

CAAHEP’s award of Continuing Accreditation based upon an On-Site Evaluation resets the 10-year accreditation cycle. After a program receives CAAHEP accreditation, per Standard IV.B., the ARC/STSA will regularly monitor the program’s compliance with the outcomes assessment thresholds through the Annual Reporting process. The next comprehensive evaluation of the program, including a site review, is scheduled to occur any time within a 10-year time frame. CAAHEP-accredited programs will continue to progress through the accreditation cycle, unless:

  • The ARC/STSA recommends the program Withdrawal of accreditation or
  • The program decides to Voluntarily Withdraw its grant of accreditation

Annual Reports

The 2020 ARC/STSA Annual Report for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting programs has been postponed until early 2021 due to the extreme challenges experienced by programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. More details coming soon.

ARC/STSA Surgical Technology Annual Report Outcomes Reporting Periods

“Obtaining accreditation for our Surgical First Assistant (SFA) program ensures that students and all stakeholders can expect the college and the program to live up to its promises. Accreditation allows students and employers the confidence that the CSFA credential has value.” 

Surgical Assisting Program Director