The National board of surgical technology and surgical assisting, NBSTSA is the sole owner for conducting the certified surgical technologist, CST exam nationwide. The candidate can call and schedule an appointment with the concerns authority to get a feasible date for the test. CST is recognised as one of the most reputed and acknowledged test. It is considered that the person passing this test would possess efficient knowledge as well as different skill sets related to surgical procedure and patient care. The main purpose of this examination is to see that an individual attains both theoretical as well as practical knowledge of surgical technology.
Anyone ,who is a Graduate of a surgical technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) can .Even previously Certified Surgical Technologist can also apply for it. Trained personnel from Air Force, Navy and Army that meet the eligibility criteria are eligible to take the test.
The CST examination in total consists of 200 questions out of which 175 are scored and the other 25 are unscored, randomly distributed for evaluation purposes. In order to pass the examination, one must answer at least minimum 118 questions correctly, out of 200.the content of the test is based on the work the technologists perform on daily basis. It has three sections first one is Peri –Operative care with 105 questions and second is of additional duties consisting of 20 questions and finally, Basic Science consisting of 50 questions