Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass the Surgical Technology Certification Exam (CST) credentialing examination compared to the number of graduates who take the examination. Consistent with CAAHEP STANDARDS, programs must document a one-year credentialing examination pass rate average of not less than 70% at first attempt, within six months of graduation. This rate is consistent with the most recent Annual Report. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average for the reporting period of August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017 was 71.4%. Five of the seven graduates of this program taking the CST certification examination within six months of graduation passed on first attempt.
Placement data on the gainful employment reports are gathered using a survey of program completers as well as employer surveys. Collection of surveys from graduates of gainful employment programs are collected from the date of graduation at which time it is determined whether the graduates are employed in their field of study, continuing their education, or serving in the military. In the gainful employment report, job placement is determined based on the number of surveys received. Graduates who are serving in the military or continuing their education are considered positive placements and are included in the determination of placement rates. Deceased students and students who are totally and permanently disabled are excluded from the determination of placement rates. The job placement rate is then calculated from the number of graduates who responded to the survey and are working in their field of study.