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OCTC Surgical Technology Students Earn 100% Pass Rate

Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) is proud to announce that the 2017-2018 Surgical Technology Program graduates took the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) National Certification Exam and achieved a first-time pass rate of 100%. Students must pass this national exam to obtain certification.

OCTC surgical technology students achieved a 100% first time, pass rate for the fifth consecutive year.

The 2018 Surgical Technology Graduates include: Chrystal Dawn Beatty of Cromwell, Demetrius Alexander Carter of Owensboro, Bethany Ann Decker of Hawesville, Heather Nicole Hart of Henderson, Jodie Renee Heierman of Corydon, Hana Marie Nix of Whitesville, Mary Alyssa Nowak of Rockport, Indiana, and DaKendra Jade Rice of Hawesville.

"I am always thrilled when students achieve this milestone. It means they are really ready to enter the workforce. For this to be the fifth consecutive year is humbling and challenging at the same time" stated Zara Basham, program coordinator.

All OCTC technical programs have some form of an end of program assessment, in healthcare programs this assessment is a state or national licensure exam. The performance instrument allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills in their field. It is beneficial to the faculty to measure their effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. For colleges, the test scores create a positive impact, meets state and federal accountability requirements and provides educators with valuable assessment data.

OCTC President Dr. Scott Williams added "Our healthcare program faculty work with the students to ensure they are well prepared to sit for the licensure exams and so they are ready to be a qualified member of the workforce. To consistently achieve the first time pass rate of 100% is remarkable and a credit all the hard work of both the faculty and students."