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Studying “Early and Often” is Key to Success on Certified Surgical Technology Exam



Oct 07, 2014

Surgical technology students at the Florence Campus are committed to maintaining the campus’s successful pass rate for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification exam and have sketched out a plan to meet regularly to study.  “Early and often (preparation) is almost always the formula for successful passage of a professional exam” said Amy Brown, the campus director.  “Most of us at some point in our career have had to take time far and beyond the classroom to study for this type of an exam, but it takes a special group of students to forge this path together.” 

The cohort structuring of the surgical technology program model affords students the chance to bond with one another early on in their academic careers and stay close as they propel towards graduation.  But in this case, graduation isn’t a guarantee for career success in the surgical technology field; to become a surgical technologist, graduates seek credentials through the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).  Florence Campus surgical technology graduates have had great success in the past year, boasting a 100% passage on their first attempt at taking the CST exam.

“This accomplishment is theirs to own, but it is for the upcoming graduates to maintain that standard of excellence,” explained surgical technology director, Carolyn Nienaber.  “We feel that we provide them the curriculum, tools, facilities, and clinical experience, but the upcoming graduates have to work hard to mentally prepare for the endless combinations of questions that could be asked on this exam,” explained Carolyn.  “They are juggling clinical site hours, their families, and their other classes.  Studying in groups really helps!”

The students in the Surgical Technology I course started a study group to help each other with lab practice for competencies and upcoming tests. Surgical technology student, Rebecca Spurlock explained, “During the study group...thinking I had a firm grasp over the content, I realized I didn’t...and was glad to hear and learn about what the students in my class knew.”  While ultimately the goal of career success is the topmost on the minds of these upcoming graduates, they are also building lifelong friendship with others who share a common goal, all-the-while preparing for their futures as certified surgical technologists.

Surgical technology student Nicole Kannady is shown practicing her surgical scrub.

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