ARC/STSA is celebrating 50 years of excellence in 2022! In the next 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.

Is your organization celebrating a 50-year milestone? Let’s hear about it! Share your story and historic pictures with ARC/STSA Director of Education Services Christy Baily-Byers at

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