Parkland's Surgical Technology program
received the award for achieving a 100-percent graduate pass rate on the national certification exam for surgical technologists during the 2015-2016 academic year. Graduates passing the exam to become a certified surgical technologist (CST) demonstrate an understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.
"The national pass rate for this exam is around 70 percent; for the last five years, Parkland College has achieved a 100 percent rate," said Carolyn Ragsdale, director of the program.
The CST exam is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation. 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.
Congratulations to the Parkland Surgical Technology graduates earning this honor and to the faculty members who train them. For information on the Parkland Surgical Technology program, click here