College of The Albemarle (COA) received a merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for the class of 2017 achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. This is the third time the Surgical Technology program has received the award for 100 percent pass rate since 2012, under the helm of Brandy Wooten, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator.
“Brandy Wooten and her team work hard on a daily basis to educate graduates that are ready for the intense, but highly rewarding, career field of Surgical Technology,” said Robin Harris, Dean, Health Sciences and Wellness programs. “These efforts pay off in many ways, especially in placement of these well-trained students in local surgical facilities, helping to ensure quality and safe care for our community. This national recognition is well deserved by the faculty and the students.”
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 many local, state and national healthcare organizations.
“I am proud of the faculty and staff in the Surgical Technology program and the continuing trend of 100 percent pass rate. It reflects positively on the commitment of the Surgical Technology students and their desire to excel within their program of study,” said Dr. Robert Wynegar, President, COA.