LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2013)— Bluegrass Community and Technical College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100-percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination between Aug. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Fourteen students took the test during that time.
Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation, and is required for employment in many local, state and national health care organizations.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Surgical Technology program coordinator has also received a national award. Kevin Craycraft, who has been with BCTC since 2001, is a recipient of the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.) award. He was recognized during the Opening Ceremony at the 2013 Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) 44th Annual National Conference held in May in New Orleans, LA.
The F.A.S.T. award is one of AST’s highest honors designed to provide recognition to those members who have significantly contributed to the profession as practitioners, educators, researchers, and administrators. Recipients of the F.A.S.T. are recognized as having upheld the highest standards and traditions of the surgical technology profession, including their devotion to the advancement of the practice of surgical technology through volunteer professional and community activities.