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Cincinnati State’s surgical tech program wins national merit award

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November 24, 2015
Jean Gould
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Cincinnati State’s surgical tech program wins national merit award

Cincinnati State’s Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science program has received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for the third year in a row.
The award is given to institutions whose students achieve at least a 90 percent pass rate on the NBSTSA’s Certified Surgical Technologist examination, widely regarded as the foundational national credential for demonstrating basic competency for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is required for employment within many health care organizations.
Cincinnati State’s students recorded a 91 percent pass rate on the CST during the test cycle that ran from August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.
According to the NBSTSA website, 10,430 individuals took the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the 2014-15 reporting period. Of these, 7,299 passed, for a national pass rate of 70%.
The success of the Surgical Technology program is a result of dedicated and skilled faculty who continue to encourage and promote excellence in our students. Cincinnati State’s students have consistently scored in the 90th percentile on the National Certified Surgical Technology exams. “We are passionate about and dedicated to serving our students and our community” said Program Chair Lavon Moore.
Cincinnati State ( offers more than 130 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 most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S. 
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