GTC Surgical Tech Students Ace National Exams – Again

July 31, 2013

GTC Surgical Tech Students Ace National Exams – Again
Grads prepared 'to meet the needs of the operating room industry'


For the third year running, students in Gwinnett Tech's Surgical Technology Program have achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam – a test that assesses practical knowledge and skills in the field.

Surgical technologists work under supervision of a surgeon or RN to ensure that the operating room is safe, the equipment functions properly, and patient safety is the number one priority.

T.C. Parker, Gwinnett Tech's surgical technology director, said the program's faculty was "very excited to once again have a 100-percent pass rate. It is icing on the cake to have obtained higher scores this cycle than we have ever had in the past."

Parker added that the program staff are "single-minded in our efforts to provide well trained, qualified and exceptionally prepared surgical technologists to meet the needs of the operating room industry in our communities."

GTC'S Surgical Technology faculty includes Parker, Glenda McCloskey and Jim Rafferty, plus adjunct instructors Erin Baggett and Shelley Walker.

Gwinnett Tech's surgical technology students continually 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.

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is recognized in the healthcare community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. In addition, it is required for employment within most local, state and national healthcare organizations.

The CST exam is the only fully accredited assessment by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation. NCCA accreditation assures that the CST exam meets stringent standards of examination development and administration. Certification as a surgical technologist reflects mastery of surgical competencies and an ongoing commitment to quality patient care.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree and a diploma in Surgical Technology. The college offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that you can finish in two years or less. For more information on all programs, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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