College of DuPage Surgical Technology Program Awarded for High Pass Rate

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- College of DuPage 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 on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the cycle of Aug. 1, 2015 through July 21, 2016.

Associate Dean of Health and Biological Sciences Karen Solt said she was thrilled with the award and the success of the students.

“We consider our Surgical Technology program to be one of the best, if not the best, in Illinois,” Solt said. “Receiving this award simply supports that notion.” 

Widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation, the CST examination is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists the CST and is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

Solt said the success of the program is due in large part to a faculty committed to student success.

“The faculty in the program are dedicated to student success and work very hard with all of the students to help them each learn in the best way possible,” she said. “They spend the time needed with each student and stress not only academic and skills learning, but also professionalism and working as a member of the surgical operating room team.”

The Surgical Technology Certificate program at College of DuPage provides students with the skills and knowledge required to assist in surgical operations, as well as advancement opportunities for certified surgical technologists and registered nurses through a variety of instructional methods including online classes, labs and clinical experience.


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