Feb 7, 2012

FVCC Surgical Technology Program Receives National Recognition

Flathead Valley Community College has received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100 percent graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for 2011, compared to the latest national average graduate pass rate of 56.2 percent.  This makes for the sixth consecutive year that FVCC students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam.  The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation.  The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

According to NBSTSA Chief Executive Officer Ron Kruzel, the NBSTSA has a 40 year history in CST examination development.  The CST examination is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for surgical technologists in the nation.  NCCA accreditation assures that the CST examination meets stringent standards of examination development and administration.  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.

Applications for admission into the spring 2013 surgical technology program at FVCC will become available September 5.  The deadline to apply for admission into the program is November 30.  For more information, contact Surgical Technology Program Director and Instructor Erin Howardson at or 751-6994.