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6/6/13 - Cincinnati State Grads Notch 100 Percent Success Rate On Surgical Tech Exam

June 6, 2013

Robert White
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Cincinnati State Grads Notch 100 Percent Success Rate On Surgical Tech Exam
All of the graduates in Cincinnati State’s Surgical Technology program in the class of 2013 passed the national certification examination on their first try.

Nationally, the average pass rate on the exam for the 2012-13 academic year is 68 percent.

“Needless to say, we’re very proud of our graduates,” said Wanda Dantzler, chair of Surgical Technology program at Cincinnati State. “This is the best performance by any of our graduating classes in the last five years.”

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) stipulates that accredited Surgical Technology programs must require all their graduates to take the examination. The ARC/STSA accreditation standards establish a minimum passage rate of 70 percent in order for a program to remain in compliance.

The 12 Cincinnati State students in the 2013 graduating class were tested on April 19, 2013.

Last year, for example, the Cincinnati State pass rate on the Surgical Tech exam was 86 percent, while the national rate was 65 percent. In the years previous to that, Cincinnati State’s pass rate was between 88 percent and 93 percent.

Graduates of such programs are typically eligible for jobs in the surgical suites of hospitals and in the medical industry. Among the job titles associated with the field are surgical technologist, sterile processing supervisor, central service supervisor, surgical sales industry rep, and surgical sales consultant.

For more information, please contact Wanda Dantzler, Cincinnati State Surgical Technology program chair, at (513) 569-1673 or, or Bessie Pitts, Associate Dean in Cincinnati State’s Division of Health and Public Safety, at (513) 569-1596 or .


Cincinnati State offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States.

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