National Board Recognizes USF Surgical Technology Grads

University of Saint Francis surgical technology graduates proved their mettle. As a result, the university received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The award recognized USF surgical technology grads for achieving a 92 percent graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam for 2011. The national pass rate was 57 percent.

In passing the exam and becoming a CST, each graduate demonstrates understanding of the basic "safe patient care" competencies in the operating room. Certification also connotes professional pride and an ongoing commitment to quality patient care. Widely recognized as the nation’s premier credential for surgical technologists, the CST is required to enter practice in Indiana.

Recognition by the NBSTSA, with its 40-year history in CST examination development, is considered prestigious. Further, the CST examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies is the only fully accredited exam in the nation for surgical technologists.

The university is justifiably proud of its surgical technology graduates. According to Sister M. Elise Kriss, university president, "This Merit Award indicates the rigor of our surgical technologist education and its preparation of graduates of competence, conscience and compassion."