Fourth Year in a Row for National Credentialing Exam
A-B Tech Surgical Technology students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their national credentialing exam for the fourth year in a row. “With the exception of one year, when we had one unsuccessful first attempt, the students have always had a 100% pass rate on this exam. Graduates of the A-B Tech program have also had a 100 percent job placement rate, graduate and employer satisfaction rate since the inception of the program,” said Program Chair Robin Keith.
Surgical technologists work under the direct supervision of a surgeon assuming specific responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. They are the only formally educated perioperative health care provider. The surgical technologist has the primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field and being constantly vigilant that all members of the surgical team adhere to aseptic techniques to assure surgical patient safety.
The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a quality essential to CSTs. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility and concern for order are required. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital, along with the ability to see what happens on the operating table without being queasy.
Before the operation, the certified surgical technologist (CST) prepares the operating room (OR) by supplying it with the proper supplies and instruments.
During the operation, CSTs have the primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field and anticipating their surgeon's needs. In order that surgery may proceed smoothly, CSTs possess an understanding of the surgery being performed so they may pass instruments and provide needed items in a prompt and efficient manner.
After the operation, CSTs are responsible for accounting for all items used in a surgery (sponges, needles, instruments, etc.), applying dressings, patient care in preparation for transport, post-procedure instrument care, and preparing their assigned OR for subsequent cases.
Seats are available for Fall 2021 for interested students. Visit Selective and Limited Admissions to find out more. Classes start Aug. 23.