The Bluegrass Community and Technical College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Fourteen students took the test during that time.
"Thanks to my students, the Surgical Technology program has made a positive impact on patient care in Central Kentucky. It continues to be recognized as one of the top programs in the United States," said Surgical Technology program director Kevin Craycraft.
Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation, and is required for employment in many local, state and national health care organizations.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Surgical Technology program coordinator has also received a national award. Kevin Craycraft is a recipient of the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.) award. He was recognized during the Opening Ceremony at the 2013 Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) 44th Annual National Conference held in May in New Orleans, LA.
"The Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.) designation is the culmination of my dedication to the profession of Surgical Technology and care of the surgical patients," Craycraft said. He has been a member of the Association of Surgical Technologists and a Certified Surgical Technologist for 25 years.
Craycraft began teaching at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in 2001 and has instructed approximately 180 graduates of the Surgical Technology program. "I educate the future surgical technologist with the philosophy that they can be an advocate for one patient at a time. As an instructor, I get to be an advocate for multiple patients at a time via my graduates. It’s why I teach," he said.
He currently serve as the Co-Chair of the KCTCS Surgical Technology Curriculum and Rules Committees, providing leadership in major revisions to the Rules and Curriculum for KCTCS. Craycraft was appointed to the AST Education & Professional Standards Committee (EPSC) in 2007 and two times since, and has worked on developing recommended standards for practice of surgical technology in addition to other projects.
"I have dedicated my life to surgical technology and am proud to be a CST, AST member and an educator in a profession that makes such a difference in the lives of surgical patients," Craycraft said.
The F.A.S.T. award is one of AST’s highest honors designed to provide recognition to those members who have significantly contributed to the profession as practitioners, educators, researchers, and administrators. Recipients of the F.A.S.T. are recognized as having upheld the highest standards and traditions of the surgical technology profession, including their devotion to the advancement of the practice of surgical technology through volunteer professional and community activities.
For more about the CST examination and about the NBSTSA, visit the NBSTSA website at www.nbstsa.org. Information about the AST and the F.A.S.T award can be found at www.ast.org.