FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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BERKELEY COLLEGE STUDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS
FROM NATIONAL SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATIONS
Berkeley College student David Osorio has been awarded scholarships from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Mr. Osorio, a resident of Clifton, NJ, is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology at Berkeley College in Clifton. Scholarship applicants were chosen based on academic achievement, volunteerism, career goals, financial need, instructor recommendations and a passion for the field of Surgical Technology.
“Studying to be a Surgical Technologist has opened my eyes tremendously to the human body,” said Mr. Osorio, a native of Colombia, who maintains a 4.0 GPA, and is on track to graduate in June 2015. “I was fascinated when I started to learn the anatomy and the physiology of the body. I look forward to working as a Surgical Technologist because it’s an exciting field that allows you to help others.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Students can enroll in the Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology (ST) program through the Berkeley College School of Health Studies in Clifton and Dover. In addition, the College offers a Surgical Processing Technician Certificate program at its locations in Clifton, Dover, Newark and Woodbridge.
Under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel, Surgical Technologists perform a variety of critical hands-on tasks, including preparing operating rooms by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, passing instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons during surgical procedures, and monitoring and assessing operating room conditions. Graduates of the ST program at Berkeley College are eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam, administered through the NBSTSA.
Established in 1974 and headquartered in Littleton, CO, the NBSTSA is the certifying agency for Surgical Technologists. The association is solely responsible for all decisions regarding certification, from determining eligibility to maintaining, denying, granting and renewing the designation.
The ARC/STSA sets the accreditation standards and guidelines used in accrediting programs that prepare individuals to enter the Surgical Technology profession. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits programs upon the recommendation of the ARC/STSA.
The Berkeley College School of Health Studies was created to provide outstanding career-focused education in some of today’s most in-demand healthcare professions – in clinical specializations, as well as healthcare administration and management.
Certificate programs include Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Practical Nurse and Surgical Processing Technician. Associate and Bachelor degree programs include Health Services, Health Sciences, Medical Assistant and Surgical Technology. The Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Surgical Processing Technician, Health Services, Health Sciences, and Surgical Technology programs are offered at Berkeley College locations in Clifton, Dover, Newark and Woodbridge. The Practical Nursing program is offered in Clifton and Dover. The Health Services program is offered in Woodland Park.
A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has six New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. In New York there are three locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu
Photo Caption: Berkeley College student David Osorio of Clifton was awarded scholarships from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Mr. Osorio is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology at Berkeley College in Clifton.
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