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Surgical Technology program awarded for students’ 100-percent pass rate

Surgical Technology
Students learn by doing in the Surgical Technology program.

If ever there was a yardstick to measure the quality of instruction, it's how students perform on national certification exams.

The Surgical Technology program at Southeast Community College has received the Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 100-percent pass rate on the certification exam. Data used for the award came from exams taken between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015. SCC's program has earned this award the last four years.

"With the pass rates such as ours, it is a direct reflection of the quality graduates SCC provides to the community," said Sharon Rehn, program chair. "We are confident that a student who is seeking a degree in Surgical Technology would struggle to find a better group of educators in the field. Our employer satisfaction surveys consistently reinforce the fact that our graduates often exceed the expectations of their facility."

SCC's pass rate the last four years on the Certified Surgical Technologist Examination:

2015: 100 percent (national rate is not in yet for 2015)

2014: 95 percent (national pass rate was 69.8 percent)

2013: 96 percent (national pass rate was 71.5 percent)

2012: 94 percent (national pass rate was 65.7 percent)

The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation.

Rehn said program faculty strive to engage students to enhance their learning.

"Instructors are with the students in the clinical sites each day," she said. "This close instruction has proven to be the best way to provide vital feedback for each student to grow from and stay in touch with the current trends within the profession. The program has taken the extra steps to incorporate engaged learning activities into the majority of the classroom instruction. We have found that the more our students are engaged, the better they understand and the more they learn."

SCC's Surgical Technology program is located on the Lincoln Campus. Persons wanting more information can go to the program's website at


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Stu Osterthun
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