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SUNY Niagara surgical technology program earns 100% on national certification exam


Tue, May 28th 2024 07:00 am

SUNY Niagara Press Release and Photos

SUNY Niagara is celebrating a historic achievement for its surgical technology program. The graduating Class of 2024 marks a first in the program's history, with all 15 students earning a passing grade on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certified surgical technologist (CST) exam, giving the cohort a 100% pass rate.

“We are so proud of our 2024 graduates. Graduating as the first cohort to earn a 100% pass rate is a tremendous accomplishment for this outstanding group of students,” said Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Gemma Fournier. “This pass rate is a reflection of the strong growth of the surgical technology program and the dedication to excellence from both our students and faculty.”

New York state legislation passed in 2014 requires health care facilities to employ only individuals who satisfy specific educational requirements and possess the CST credential. The majority of SUNY Niagara graduates are employed within health care and ambulatory surgery centers throughout the Buffalo and Niagara area.

SUNY Niagara’s surgical technology program equips students with the knowledge, skills and hands-on training needed to excel as entry-level certified surgical technologists.

“The surgical technology program is a cornerstone of the strong nursing, physical and allied health programs SUNY Niagara offers,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Lydia Ulatowski said. “I extend a hearty congratulations to the Class of 2024 and thank our dedicated instructors for their commitment to excellence.”

SUNY Niagara’s surgical technology program is accepting applications for the fall 2024 semester. For more information on the surgical technology program, visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/programs/surt.

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