National Board Honors WKCTC's Deborah Swain for 35 Years as a Certified Surgical Technologist

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PADUCAH, KY (11/06/2017) Livingston County resident Deborah Swain was recently honored by the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for an important career milestone as a surgical technologist. Swain, the surgical technology program coordinator at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, has maintained certification for 35 years as a certified surgical technologist (CST).

In a news release, Ben Price, chief executive officer for the NBSTSA, said the certifying agency for surgical technologist proudly honors all milestone recipients for their hard work and commitment to the profession. Swain received a certificate and lapel pin in recognization of her accomplishment.

While CST certification is currently non-compulsory in some states, many states have adopted laws requiring the CST credential for those employed as a surgical technologist. A CST is required to renew their certification every four years, either by submitting 60 continuing education credits or by taking the NBSTSA CST examination.

A WKCTC 1982 surgical technology graduate, Swain has taught at the college more than 20 years.

Established in 1974 and headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, the mission of the NBSTSA is to provide professional certification of surgical technologists (CSTs) and surgical first assistants (CSFAs), thus promoting quality patient care in the surgical setting. For more information about the NBSTSA, visit the NBSTSA website at, email or call 1 (800) 707-0057.