MISSOULA – Twenty students from Missoula College recently passed their national surgical technology certification exam with a 100 percent pass rate and earned their associate degree in surgical technology.
The surgical technology program at Missoula College teaches students to work with surgeons, anesthesia providers, registered nurses and other perioperative personnel to provide patient care before, during and after surgery. Ninety-five percent of Missoula College surgical technology students had job offers before graduation in May.
The computerized certification exam, administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting, is composed of 200 multiple-choice questions measuring the broad range of skills required by the profession. Students must demonstrate competence and mastery in their knowledge of asepsis, sterile technique, basic sciences, preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative case management, materials management, sterilization, legal concepts and other specific skills.
An individual who receives a passing score on the exam earns the credential of certified surgical technologist and the CST designation after their name. Students must graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs to take the exam. The Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting requires all programs have an exam pass rate outcome of at least 70 percent.
Students who pass the exam demonstrate that their program meets the national standard for knowledge underlying surgical technologist practice in guiding the certified individuals to obtain and master a broad range of skills related to surgical procedures, aseptic technique and quality patient care.
For more information on the surgical technology program at Missoula College, visit http://mc.umt.edu/health/surgicaltech/default.php.