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Carolinas College of Health Sciences Celebrates Excellence in Surgical Technology - Archived

MEDIA RELEASE: Carolinas College of Health Sciences (CCHS) received an award of merit from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination. This is an impressive 28.5 percent higher than the national average (which is 71.5 percent) on this certification exam.

“This award demonstrates the commitment and dedication of our students, faculty and staff,” said Ellen Sheppard, president of the Carolinas College of Health Sciences. “We are so proud of our students and staff for their hard work, and we are thrilled to be recognized for this accomplishment.”

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the team that provides care to surgical patients. They facilitate the surgical procedure by preparing and providing necessary instrumentation and supplies while maintaining high standards of sterile technique during the procedure. Graduates with 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 national credential for surgical technologists.

CCHS has been ranked the No. 1 two-year college in the nation for the past two years as well as the No. 6 college in North Carolina, just a few rankings behind Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, NC State University and Davidson College. CCHS focuses on preparing individuals for employment in general and specialized healthcare fields and offers programs like Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiation Therapy, Surgical Technology and Radiologic Technology.

In 2012, CCHS Radiologic Technology graduates achieved, for the 27th year, a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Registry examination, with a combined score of 92, placing its graduates in the top four percent in the nation. In continuation of the College’s success, for the 8th year, 100 percent its Medical Laboratory Science graduates passed the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board Certification on the first attempt.