Health Science Grads Pass National Certifying Exams

Montgomery County Community College is pleased to announce that 100 percent of its Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and Surgical Technology program graduates passed their respective national certifying exams in 2010.

Nine graduates passed the MLT American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination on their first attempt. As a cohort, the College’s graduates scored 110 points higher than the average national mean score. The computer-based exam tests the students’ knowledge in the areas of blood bank, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis and lab operations.  Students are eligible to take the voluntary examination following graduation.

All five December graduates of the College’s Surgical Technology program passed the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam on their first attempt. Issued by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the comprehensive exam covers the areas of pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative procedures; administration and personnel; equipment sterilization and maintenance, anatomy and physiology.

The College’s nationally-accredited MLT program prepares students for careers in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician office laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.

The nationally-accredited Surgical Technology program prepares graduates to seek employment in physician office procedure rooms, freestanding ambulatory units, delivery rooms, sterile processing areas, and acute and critical care facilities.

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