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National board honors BSC associate professor of surgical technology

Published: Sep 29 2017
Vanessa Taylor, Bismarck State College associate professor of surgical technology, has been recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) with a career milestone as a surgical technologist. Taylor has maintained certification for 25 years as a certified surgical technologist (CST).
A graduate of East Grand Forks Technical College, BSC and Valley City State University, Taylor started work as a surgical technologist in 1992 and in 2005 began teaching as an adjunct in the BSC Surgical Technology program. Today, in addition to her full-time faculty role at BSC, she is also an adjunct with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine assisting third and fourth-year medical students with orientation into their surgical rotations.
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.
BSC students in the surgical technology program have achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the national CST exam for the past eight years. The CST designation is the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation and required for employment at many local, state and national health care organizations.
For information about BSC’s Surgical Technology program visit the BSC Surgical Technology program page.