Surgical Technology Students Maintain Perfect Pass Rate on National State Exam

May 24th, 2018 by Erin Fabian

Surgical technology students
CFCC surgical technology program students have maintained a 100 percent pass rate on the National Certification Exam since the inception of the program in 2007.

The CFCC Surgical Technology Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is designed to prepare individuals to function in the operating room setting. The Associate in Applied Science degree program equips its students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to operate as an essential member of the medical team.

Students are required to take the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four-week period prior to or after graduation. The examination consists of 200 questions, 175 of which are scored. Students are tested on pre, intra, and post-operative care, administrative and personnel duties, equipment sterilization and maintenance, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and surgical pharmacology. To receive a passing grade, individuals must receive 70 percent or higher. CFCC students received between 80 and 90 percent on the most recent exam.

“I attribute the success of our students to the hard work of the instructors including Marcy Frazier and Kim Ward, the advanced facility and equipment we have to train our students, and the support of the local community through our clinical sites,” said CFCC Surgical Technology Program Director Chancey Funderburk. “This has led to our continued 100% pass rate on the National Board Certification Exam and 100% job placement. And it is such a privilege to celebrate over a decade of total success of our students!”

“I am so proud of the success of our surgical technology students and I am thankful for the dedication and commitment of our faculty to providing quality, innovative, and engaging instruction,” said CFCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine.

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