OCC Surgical Tech Program Receives Award for National Certification Excellence

OCC received distinguished recognition and annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam for the annual cycle ending July 31, 2017.
Recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists, the CST is required for employment within many local, state, and national health care organizations. Graduates obtaining this national certification demonstrate, by examination, understanding of basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.
“We are really delighted to receive this national honor recognizing our highly qualified and hard-working graduates of our program,” said Anita Caponi, OCC surgical technology program director. “We continue to be so proud of our students, program and this achievement!”
OCC’s one-year surgical technology program trains students in the skills necessary to assist in surgical care for patients. Instruction includes a robust academic curriculum encompassing learner-based theoretical education, simulation education, inter-professional education, health care competency assessment and clinical education.

Caponi shares that OCC’s national certification rates have continually increased over the years and hovered in the 90-percent range in recent history – achieving 100-percent is testament to student and faculty work aligning program rigor, critical knowledge and testing skills. A capstone course focused on exam and career preparation including national test-taking skills, resume writing and more has been an important element in student success on the CST exam and employability.
OCC’s surgical technology program is located on the college’s Southfield campus. For more information on the program, visit the department page. Information sessions are scheduled for November 13 and in Winter 2018 on February 6 and May 7.
For information about the CST criteria and examination, visit the NBSTSA website at http://www.nbstsa.org, email lia@nbstsa.org, or call (800) 707-0057.

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