As news about COVID-19 dominates media and public safety discussions at state and federal levels, we want you to know that since we are still two months away, we have no plans right now to cancel AST’s 51st Surgical Technology Conference occurring May 28-30, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Your safety is our top priority, however, and we recognize this as an extremely important and evolving situation. We will continue to monitor developments and base any decisions we make concerning our annual conference on the advice of health and safety experts. In addition, we are waiving all cancellation fees for our attendee registrants, and in the case the event is canceled, all attendee registrations will be refunded completely.

As an organization of healthcare professionals, AST recognizes the value that our members place on the importance of infection prevention practices not just when traveling, but every day. We will continue to provide updates. 

Holly Falcon, CST, FAST
AST President

RECERTIFICATION Advanced CE
  • Accreditation

    Accreditation is important as it allows for professional recognition and education to students who graduate from an accredited program.


  • Who is ARC/STSA?

    The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting provides recognition to education programs in its system that meet its requirements. It is the only CAAHEP-recognized Committee on Accreditation for educational programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting. It provides resources to programs as well as scholarship opportunities to educators and students. 

    Who is CAAHEP?

    CAAHEP is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs,  the organization that grants accreditation to surgical technology programs.

    How do I find out if a program is CAAHEP-accredited?

    All CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology and surgical assisting programs are listed by state on CAAHEP's site.

    Students from CAAHEP-accredited surgical technologist and surgical assisting programs are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting national Certified Surgical Technologist examination and Certified Surgical First Assistant examination. Students also must be currently attending a CAAHEP-accredited program to be eligible for annual scholarships from the Foundation for Surgical Technology, ARC/STSA and the NBSTSA.