• Educator Events

    As you look for new ways to teach your students, it's crucial that you stay up on your training, too. With that in mind, AST offers an Educators Conference designed specifically to address the ongoing needs of surgical technology instructors and program directors. This multi-day event gives attendees educators tips, tricks and tools to stay current in the educator profession as well as the opportunity to network with fellow educators. 

  • 23rd AST Surgical Technology Educators Conference 

    February 6-8, 2020

    Registration is now open!

    Register here

    Cost for event: $275 for members; $480 for nonmembers.

    The AST Educators Conference is the premier event for surgical technology educators and program directors in the US. Attendees will learn and network with fellow educators about current and relevant topics affecting surgical technology classrooms, and the modern-day student. 

    14 CEs

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    • 8 am-4 pm - ARC/STSA AFE Workshop - Separate registration is required on the ARC/STSA website
    • 4:25-5:15 pm - Keynote - The Funny Thing About Stress, Kay Frances, MBA 

    Friday, February 7, 2020

    • 7-7:45 am - Breakfast sponsored by ARC/STSA
    • 8-8:50 am - Modernizing Your Program for Today's Student, Chris Blevins, CST
    • 9-9:50 am - Finding Success with Challenging Students, Renee Bridges, CST; Suzi Shippen-Wagner, CST
    • 10-10:50 am - Developing Learning Strategies to Measure Program Outcomes, Kristine Flickinger, CST, CNOR
    • 11-11:25 am - Lunch - Grab and Go
    • 11:30 am-4:20 pm - Breakout Sessions - Choose one session for each time slot from one of the three tracks: Certification and Classroom; Leadership and Management; and Clinical and Accreditation. See the online registration site or the Journal for the line up. ARC/STSA's Site Visitor Training (2:30-3:20 pm - requires a separate registration at
    • 4:30-5:30 pm - Reception

    Saturday, February 8, 2020

    • 7-7:45 am - Breakfast
    • 8-10 am - Conversations of Eight (CO8)
    • 8-10 am - ARC/STSA SVT-B - Separate registration required at
    • 10:10-11 am - CO8 Summary
    • 11:10-Noon - Do I Have a Thinking Problem? Katie Bishop-Nordentoft, CST, CSFA, FAST
    • Noon-12:50 pm - Lunch sponsored by NBSTSA
    • 1-1:50 pm - Fostering Lifelong Learning through Self-Regulation, Alicia Buck, CST
    • 2-2:50 pm - Student Engagement and Motivation Techniques, EPSC


    Wyndham San Antonio
    111 E Pecan St
    San Antonio, TX 78205

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    AORN Approval Statement of AST CE Events

    This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. AORN recognizes this activity as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the ANCC Commission on Accreditation approved or endorsed any product included in the presentation.  

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