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September 13, 2012
Gwinnett Tech Surgical Technology Program Honored for Perfect Pass Rate
GTC Grads Earned a 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Accreditation Exam
Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) has received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100 percent graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the most recent examination cycle.
The Merit Award goes to programs with a pass rate of 90 percent or higher for examinations taken between Aug. 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012.
"We are so proud of our students and graduates, as well as the instructors who contributed to their success, and prouder still to have so many Gwinnett Tech CSTs at work in our area hospitals and facilities providing exception care to their patients," said T.C. Parker, Surgical Technology program director, Gwinnett Tech.
Gwinnett Tech's surgical technology students consistently score above the national average on the CST examination, with the college's pass rate among first-time exam takers consistently at 90 percent or higher. For the three-year period from 2009 – 2012, Gwinnett Tech's pass rate for all surgical technology students taking the CST examination was 92 percent, according to the NBSTSA.
Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate 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 credential for surgical technologists in the nation. The CST is required for employment within most local, state and national healthcare organizations.
Gwinnett Tech has long offered a diploma in Surgical Technology, which takes about a year to complete. The college was just approved to now offer an associate degree in Surgical Technology, a two-year program.
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 of examination development and administration. Certification as a surgical technologist reflects mastery of surgical competencies and, more importantly, an ongoing commitment to quality patient care.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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