By: Press Release
By: Press Release

CORINTH – North Central Texas College 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, 2012 through July 31, 2013.

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination understanding of the basic competencies for safepatient care on the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in thenation. The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

Judith Rogers, NCTC’s Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, said her and her staff were ecstatic when they heard the results.

“The exam is really difficult and covers a broad range of information,” she said. “They only had one year to learn all of it, from how to wash the hands to how to set up for brain surgery. We still have not stopped smiling, laughing and bragging on them.”

According to NBSTSA Chief Executive Officer Ron Kruzel, the NBSTSA 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. NCCA accreditation assures that the CST examination meets stringent standards ofexamination 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.

For more information on NCTC’s Surgical Technology Program, contact Rodgers at (940) 498-6260 or by email at

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