College & Community Relations

Aims students excel at CST examinations

Submitted on: 09-18-2012


GREELEY – More than nine of every ten Aims Community College students who take the Certified Surgical Technologist examinations graduate, according to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

“We prepare the students quite well. We are far above the national pass rate for surgical technology programs,” said Mark Urso, professor of Surgical Technology at Aims. “This program attracts great students and Aims provides exceptional training facilities. The combination adds up to success.”

Aims received a merit award from NBSTSA for achieving a pass rate of more than 90 percent. Students taking the examinations must demonstrate they are competent to provide safe patient care in operating rooms. The CST national certification is required for employment within many local, state, and national health care organizations.

“The fact that Aims students perform so well on these exams is evidence of the quality of this program,” added Donna Souther, Chief Academic Officer of Aims Community College. “Aims provides quality instruction and curriculum. In addition, Aims provides state of the art equipment and facilities that mirror the workplace. Everything is designed for the most positive learning environment."

The CST examination is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation.

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