VU Surgical Technology exam results rank well above national average

VU Surgical Technology exam results rank well above national average

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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

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  

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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