ARC/STSA is celebrating 50 years of excellence in 2022! Throughout this year, we’ll be looking back at the last five decades — from our humble beginnings in December 1972 as the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST) to today, as we provide national accreditation services for more than 400 higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting.  And don’t miss our 50th celebration in San Antonio, Texas, on October 7, 2022, during our inaugural accreditation conference and expo, AccredX!

Is your organization celebrating a 50-year milestone? We’d love to hear about it! Share your story and early pictures with ARC/STSA Director of Education Christy Baily-Byers at

Some programs in our community have already celebrated major milestones! Revisit their celebrations in our newsletter archives: