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Cincinnati State students achieve 93 percent pass rate on surgical technologist exam

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cincinnati State has received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 93% graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for 2011.
All 14 of Cincinnati State’s 2011 graduates took the test last year, part of the national pool of 9,815 candidates who sat for the exam last year. The national pass rate, by way of comparison, was 53%. Ours is one of 459 accredited surgical tech programs in the nation.

According to a press release from the NBSTSA, graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination an understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

According to NBSTSA Chief Executive Officer Ron Kruzel, the NBSTSA has a 40-year history in CST examination development. The CST examination is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for surgical technologists in the nation. NCCA accreditation assures that the CST examination meets stringent standards of examination development and administration. Certification as a surgical technologist exhibits professional pride, the desire to be recognized for mastery of surgical competencies, and most importantly an ongoing commitment to quality patient care.
There are criteria that a surgical technologist must meet in order to quality to take the CST examination. For information about the CST examination or about the NBSTSA, please go to the NBSTSA website at, email or call 1-800-707-0057. 

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