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Surgical Technology Board Exam Pass Rate Beats National Average


Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2018 surgical technology graduates passed the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination on their first attempt with a 91.67 percent pass rate, which far exceeds the national average. The group of 12 graduated in August and took the exam the same month.

The Certified Surgical Technologist exam is conducted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Penn College student Anna G. Thompson, of Mount Carmel, practices assisting with a laparoscopic surgery in the college’s mock operating room. Over 91 percent of the college’s August surgical technology graduates passed the national certification exam for surgical technologists on their first attempt.
Penn College student Anna G. Thompson, of Mount Carmel, practices assisting with a laparoscopic surgery in the college’s mock operating room. Over 91 percent of the college’s August surgical technology graduates passed the national certification exam for surgical technologists on their first attempt.

Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms and equipment, ensure a sterile environment and patient safety, and assist doctors during surgeries. The work demands attention to detail and knowledge of surgical procedures. No two days are alike; each patient and procedure varies. Such high-pressure situations can make for an exciting career.

Graduates who obtain national certification as a CST demonstrate understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST credential is required for employment as a surgical technologist in many health care organizations.

Penn College offers an associate degree in surgical technology, which can be continued to a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: surgical technology concentration. The bachelor’s degree courses are available online.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

The college’s five-year pass rate for first-time test takers of the Certified Surgical Technologist exam exceeds the national average.

To learn more about the surgical technology program at Penn College, call 570-327-4519.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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