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Two BSC health programs achieve 100 percent pass rate

Posted on 11/28/2012

Students in two Bismarck State College allied health programs have achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the most recent examination cycle.

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and Surgical Technology graduates continued to prove their abilities by taking and passing their certification exams on the first try.

The MLT program accomplished its pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam for the 15th consecutive year. Since the program began in 1978, all MLT students have passed the exam with only one not passing on first try, giving MLT an overall first-time pass rate of 96 percent.

MLT also received notice of accreditation for another five years from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Surgical Technology received a Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for its testing on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. This is the fourth straight year the program had a 100 percent pass rate.

"The faculty is extremely proud of the Surgical Technology students for achieving this milestone," said Trudy Riehl, associate professor of surgical technology. "The Surgical Technology program has proven its commitment to quality education by producing highly qualified graduates and surpassing the 70% benchmark pass rate set by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting."

Besides Medical Laboratory Technician and Surgical Technology, BSC offers an array of health programs including Paramedic Technology, Phlebotomy Technician and Nursing. For more information, visit

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