Kapi`olani CC's Certified Surgical Technologist Program Receives Award

Kapiʻolani Community College
Louise Yamamoto, (808) 734-9513
Director, College Relations, Office for College and Community Relations
Posted: Oct 13, 2016

Toni Choy
Toni Choy

HONOLULU - The Certified Surgical Technologist Program at Kapi‘olani Community College is the only non-credit, accredited program of its kind in the State.

Patricia O'Hagan, Dean of Emergency Medical Services, Health Sciences and Nursing at Kapi`olani CC, was recently informed by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), that the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) program received the annual merit award for achieving a 100% graduate pass rate on the CST examination cycle. The cycle ran from August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016.

According to NBSTSA Chief Executive Officer Ben Price, the NBSTSA has a 40-year history in CST examination development. The CST examination is a fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for surgical technologists. In a news brief released by the NBSTSA, "Certification as a surgical technologist exhibits professional pride, the desire to be recognized for mastery of surgical competencies, and most importantly an ongoing commitment to quality patient care."

Dean O'Hagan soundly attributes the success of Kapi`olani CC's program to Toni Choy of the Nursing Department, "who has worked very hard to deliver a stellar program where the graduates become an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providintg surgical care to patients."