Renton Technical College Receives National Recognition

  • Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015

(Renton, WA) Renton Technical College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving at least 90 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the cycle of August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015. RTC Surgical Technologist program graduates actually achieved 96 percent successful pass rate during that time period. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care on the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. The CST is required for employment within many local, state, and national health care organizations.

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. NCCA accreditation assures that the CSAT examination meets stringent standards of examination development and administration. 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.

With a starting salary of more than $20/hr. and high employment rate, the Surgical Technologist program is one of the most popular programs at Renton Technical College. To learn more about Surgical Technologist or other career training programs visit  


More about the CST Examination

There are criteria that a surgical technologist must meet in order to qualify to take the CST examination. For an application and information about the CST examination or about the NBSTSA, go to ,or e-mail or call 1-800-707-0057