July 23, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University graduates in the Surgical
Technology program had a 92.3 percent passing rate on the Certified
Surgical Technologists exam, well surpassing the national average of
75.9 percent most recently reported in 2018.
VU’s 2020 Surgical
Technology class rose to the challenge during the COVID-19
lockdown order when in-person instruction moved to a remote learning
environment for the remainder of the semester. The exceptional results
are a testament to VU’s stellar curriculum and the diligent work of
dedicated students and high caliber faculty.
Kianna Wagler, VU graduate
“Our professors went above and beyond making sure we studied the
right material and did it frequently,” VU 2020 graduate Kianna Wagler
of Montgomery, Ind. said. “They had us take multiple practice board
exams to get an idea of what to expect. Despite the pandemic, the
professors made sure to keep us on track and encouraged us to keep
studying our material during that time and how important it is to do
well. Passing the exam way above average makes us all feel
accomplished and proud of ourselves for keeping on track with everything.”
Having qualified, well-trained surgical technologists capable of
making quick adjustments and smart decisions is crucial to patient
safety in the operating room.
Shannon Smith, VU Surgical Technology Chair
"I am extremely proud of our graduates," Surgical
Technology Program Chair and Associate Professor Shannon Smith said.
"This is a rigorous program, consisting of didactic, laboratory,
and clinical components, that requires students to be focused and
disciplined. It's important to note these students completed such a
comprehensive program amidst a pandemic where they were forced to move
to online instruction with little notice. Being able to work under
pressure and adapt quickly is something surgical technologists must be
able to do given the very nature of their profession, and they rose to
the challenge! I could not be any prouder of our graduates."
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
(NBSTSA) administers the exam. Students completing a Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education
(CAAHEP) accredited surgical technology program are
eligible to sit for the exam upon program completion.
After passing the exam, the graduate may use the title Certified
Surgical Technologist (CST). Passing means the student possesses the
knowledge and skills to pass a national competency exam to practice as
a surgical technologist.
This national certification allows the graduate to work anywhere in
the United States and its territories. Once certified, a surgical
technologist must maintain 60 continuing education credits in a
four-year cycle to maintain certification.
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