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OCC Students Achieve 100% Pass Rate on Certified Surgical Technologist Exam

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November 06, 2017
OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – November 3, 2017 –Oakland Community College (OCC) has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam for the annual cycle ending July 31, 2017.
The CST is nationally recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists and is required for employment within many local, state, and national health care organizations. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.
“We are delighted to receive this national honor recognizing our highly qualified and hard-working graduates of our program,” said Anita Caponi, OCC surgical technology program director. “We continue to be so proud of our students, program and this achievement.”
OCC’s one-year surgical technology program trains students in the skills necessary to assist in surgical care for patients. Instruction includes a robust academic curriculum that encompasses: learner-based theoretical education, simulation education, inter-professional education, health care competency assessment and clinical education. The surgical technology program is located on the college’s Southfield campus. For more information on the program, visit
For information about the CST criteria and examination, visit the NBSTSA website at, email, or call (800) 707-0057.
About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve.  More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at
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