Students Achieve 100% Pass Rate on Certified Surgical Technologists Exam

Students in Surgical Technology at OCC have an impressive track record and this past year was no exception. Proudly, our surgical technology students achieved a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam resulting in OCC receiving the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Why does this matter? The CST is nationally recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists. Passing the exams means national credentials and it often is required for employment within many local, state, and national health care organizations. Passing it is no easy feat. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.

"We are delighted to receive this national honor recognizing our highly qualified and hard-working graduates of our program," said Anita Caponi, OCC surgical technology program director. "We continue to be so proud of our students, program and this achievement."

OCC's one-year surgical technology program trains students in the skills necessary to assist in surgical care for patients. Instruction includes a robust academic curriculum that encompasses: learner-based theoretical education, simulation education, inter-professional education, health care competency assessment and clinical education. The surgical technology program is located on the college's Southfield campus. 

For more information visit the surgical technology program page.