OCTC's Surgical Technology Students 100% First Time Pass Rate for NBSTSA

100% First Time Pass Rate for 5th Consecutive Year

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OWENSBORO, KY (07/06/2018) 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."


Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

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