Gwinnett Technical College Surgical Technology Students Continue Perfect Pass Rate on National Credentialing Exam

January 07, 2015

Gwinnett Technical College Surgical Technology Students Continue Perfect Pass Rate on National Credentialing Exam


Gwinnett Technical College’s most recent surgical technology graduates have extended the program’s long-standing 100 percent pass rates on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam.

The “perfect” performance of the 15 seniors who completed the program in December 2014 extends the 100 percent pass rate beyond four years. The test assesses practical knowledge and skills in the field and awards the credential of CST (Certified Surgical Technologist).

“This year’s graduates posted scores a full 10 percentage points higher than the national average. That’s a great performance and a real point of pride for our program,” said T.C. Parker, program director.

Gwinnett Tech’s surgical technology students continually score above the national average on the CST examination, with the college’s pass rate among first-time exam takers consistently at 90-percent or higher.

“We continually strive to educate and train the very best surgical technologists for our region’s hospitals. We’re committed to investing in our industry and maintaining the highest standards possible. Our outstanding faculty – Jim Rafferty CST, Glenda McCloskey CST, Erin Baggett CST, and Shelly Walker CST – are dedicated to our students and to teaching the vital standards of surgical patient care and safety,” added Parker.

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is recognized in the healthcare community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. In addition, it is required for employment within most local, state and national healthcare organizations.

The CST exam is the only fully accredited assessment by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation. NCCA accreditation assures that the CST exam meets stringent standards of examination development and administration. Certification as a surgical technologist reflects mastery of surgical competencies and an ongoing commitment to quality patient care.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate of applied science degree in Surgical Technology. Course work for the Surgical Technology program also satisfies the prerequisites for Gwinnett Tech’s associate degree in nursing, for students wishing to make that transition.

In all, Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.