Standards & Curricula

Surgical Technology

CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines – Surgical Technology (Effective 2022)

Best Practice Guide for Surgical Technology Education (replaces the former SIG) – NEW!

CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines – Surgical Technology (Effective 2013)

Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 7e – NEW!

  • Includes updated Surgical Rotation & Roles, Professional Management and Resources sections 3/18/22.
  • The ARC/STSA has established August 1, 2024, as the date for full implementation of the CCST-7e. ST programs must be utilizing the CCST-7e, in its entirety after this date. Curriculum can be assessed for compliance with the Standards utilizing the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, sixth edition or seventh edition, up to July 31, 2023.

Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6e

Surgical Assisting

CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines – Surgical Assisting

Surgical Assisting Standards Interpretive Guide (SA-SIG)

Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting, 4e

  • The ARC/STSA has established August 1, 2022, as the date for full implementation of the CCSA, 4e. SA programs must be utilizing the CCSA, 4e, in its entirety after this date. Curriculum can be assessed for compliance with the Standards utilizing the Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting, third or fourth edition, up to July 31, 2022.

Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting, 3e