Baker surgical technology grads earn high scores on exam

FLINT — Baker College of Flint officials report all 12 surgical technology associate degree program graduates have passed the rigorous national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination during the Aug. 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012 examination cycle.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), the organization that administers the exam, has awarded Baker College of Flint with its annual Merit Award for achieving the 100 percent graduate pass rate.

“These positive results are direct evidence of the hard work of our students, as well as the dedication of our faculty and staff in providing the skills and training necessary to succeed,” said Dr. Julianne T. Princinsky, Baker College of Flint president.

“We’re pleased to offer our students the highest quality training to enable them to perform so well on the national exam.”

The pass rate of Baker’s surgical technology graduates measures well above national averages. In 2011, the NBSTSA reported an overall national pass rate of 56.1 percent for the CST examination.

“I am very proud of our graduates for their efforts throughout a challenging curriculum,” said Danielle Zarins Duncan, CST, BHS, Baker College system program coordinator of surgical technology.

“Most importantly, our graduates are all actively employed in their field of study and well prepared for their important jobs in the operating room.”

Surgical technologists, sometimes referred to as “scrubs,” are an integral part of surgical operations.

Working under the supervision of a surgeon, they ensure the operating room is safe.

They also make sure the equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

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