Cape Fear Community College recently received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for 2011.
The CST exam is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care on the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation.
According to the NBSTSA, the 2011 national average for passing the CST exam is 56.1%.
The NBSTA 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.
According to NBSTA Chief Executive Officer Ron Kruzel, 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.
The mission of the CFCC Surgical Technology program is to prepare students to become competent Surgical Technologists. The goal of the program is to teach students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become an integral member of a surgical team.