Surgical Technology program receives national recognition

last modified Aug 27, 2014 09:35 AM

CPCC has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving at least a 90-percent pass rate by its graduates on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the year of August l, 2013, through July 31, 2014.

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate an understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the healthcare community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists. The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national healthcare organizations.

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 qualify to take the CST examination. For an application and information about the CST examination or about the NBSTSA, please go to the NBSTSA website at or email

Certified surgical technologists oversee a variety of responsibilities before, during and after surgery, including preparing and sterilizing equipment, assisting surgeons, managing instruments and supplies during surgery, caring for surgical patients, suturing incisions and much more.

For more information on CPCC’s surgical technology program, please visit