FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           9/24/2018

                                                                                    (By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Graduates of Tri-County Technical College’s Surgical Technology program maintain their 100 percent pass rate on the National Certification Exam.

The 12 August graduates who took the National Board Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification Exam now are designated as Certified Surgical Technologists (C.S.T.).

This marks the third consecutive year that every student in the Surgical Technology program passed the National Certified Surgical Technologist Exam. Their scores exceed the national average pass rate which is 70%. 

Graduates who obtain national certification as a C.S.T. demonstrate an understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to serve as members of the surgical team through classroom and clinical experiences. Graduates work in hospital operating rooms, in labor and delivery, endoscopy, ambulatory centers and doctor’s offices, said Tri-County’s Surgical Technology Program Director Denelle White.  Passing the exam is required for employment at South Carolina health care organizations.

“I am so proud of the continued success of our Surgical Technology students. Their success is a result of hard work and dedication, along with the commitment of our faculty who provide quality and engaging instruction,” said White.

The three-semester program is fast paced, said White.  “It’s challenging each year because of the advancement of technology, and with that comes more responsibility in the role of a surgical technologist.” 

The department has a 100 percent job placement rate, and more than half of the students had job offers before graduation.

In October of 2010, the Surgical Technology program received a 10-year continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.  Accreditation evaluators complimented the department on its clinical procedures and state-of-the-art equipment.

For more information about the Surgical Technology program, contact Denelle White at  or visit