Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 2013: College of The Albemarle Wins National Merit Award

            For Immediate Release
            August 29, 2013
            CONTACT: Jessica Bursenos, Web Content Manager
            Release No: 32ST-PR-2013

College of The Albemarle Wins National Merit Award
College of The Albemarle won the 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 examination for the cycle of August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013.
There were seven Surgical Technology students in the July 2013 graduating class and all seven passed the exam.

COA Graduates working towards national certification as CSTs demonstrate, by examination, their basic understanding of safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is recognized as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation.  It is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.
According to NBSTSA Chief Executive Officer Ron Kruzel, the NBSTSA has a 40 year history in CST examination development. The CST examination is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation.  NCCA accreditation assures that the CST examination meets stringent standards of examination development and administration. Certification as a surgical technologist exhibits professional pride, the desire to be recognized for mastery of surgical competencies, and most importantly an ongoing commitment to quality patient care.
There are criteria that a surgical technologist must meet in order to qualify to take the CST examination.  For an application and information about the CST examination or about the NBSTSA, please go to the NBSTSA website at, email or call 1-800-707-0057.


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