Requirements of a Certified Surgical Technologist
Surgical Technologists prepare the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon and prepare and manage surgical equipment. Surgical technologists simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens. Surgical technologists perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects. Surgical technologists are certified following successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited program or other programmatically-accredited surgical technology program and the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
How to become a Board Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Savannah Technical College students who have successfully completed the necessary course work for the Surgical Technology program MUST PARTICIPATE in taking the Board exam. The Department Head submits the necessary application to NBSTSA the accrediting body for review, and after receiving approval and student’s testing fee, the National Board Exam is scheduled for proctor at the College. The student will then sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) board exam and if successful are awarded National Certification as a Surgical Technologist.
Savannah Technical College NBSTSA Exam Results
Outcomes Assessment Exam (CST) pass rate:
Class of 2013 17/24 70.8%
Class of 2014 17/20 85.0%
Class of 2015 14/15 93.3%