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BCTC Surgical Technology Accreditation information

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (www.caahep.org) will act upon the recommendation from the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) (www.arcstsa.org) and students receiving a Degree will eligible to sit for the Surgical Technologist Certifying Exam to receive certification from The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) (www.nbstsa.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone (727) 210-2350. Fax (727) 210-2354, www.caahep.org

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting:

This link will lead you to ARC-STSA which is the accrediting body for Surgical Technology Programs Nationwide. The ARC-STSA mission is below.

The mission of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is to provide recognition for the quality of the education programs in its system to the public. The ARC/STSA is the only CAAHEP-recognized Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting.

Surgical Technologist Professional Organization and the roles it plays:

Association of Surgical Technology please feel free to visit (www.ast.org)

AST collaborates with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) to set standards for education, such as the associate degree as the preferred level of entry into the profession.

AST partners with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) on behalf of the CST and CSFA credentials.

AST provides lobbying support at the state and national levels to advocate for legislative recognition of graduation from an accredited program in surgical technology and holding/maintaining the Certified Surgical Technologist credential as a condition of employment, and for similar regulation of, and reimbursement for, non-physician surgical assistants.

AST provides continuing education opportunities to advance the knowledge and skills base of practicing surgical technologists and surgical assistants through a national Journal and an annual conference.

AST offers national recognition through National Surgical Technologist Week, a week that has been specifically designated to celebrate and honor the professions. It began by a resolution adopted by the AST Board of Directors in 1984.

AST provides a brochure entitled Certified Surgical Technologists Are Vital Members of the Operating Room Team. It describes the surgical technologist in sterile and non-sterile roles, as well as how they participate in case management. In addition, this brochure discusses the role of AST and the importance of accreditation and certification. For copies, contact Member Services.