A Collin College healthcare program has shown its mettle on a national level.

The Surgical Technology program received a National Certificate of Merit from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the program’s certification board, for having a 90 percent or greater pass rate on the national credentialing exam, according to a Collin College press release.

Only 52 out of more than 570 programs nationwide received the honor, and Collin College was one of only two in the state of Texas and three in the region to achieve this accomplishment, the news release said.

Collin College’s Surgical Technology program started in 2008 to meet the growing demand for surgical technologists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” the surgical technologist field will grow by 19 percent through 2020 adding about 18,000 jobs.

Surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments, equipment, drapes and solutions. They also observe patient vital signs, check charts, assist in providing the surgeon instruments and supplies mid-surgery, and help transfer patients to the recovery room among a variety of other duties.

Collin College’s associate of applied science degree in surgical technology totals 64-66 hours and spans 12 months.

For more information, visit www.collin.edu/surgtech/.