Pearson's Surgical Technology Exam Review, 4th edition

Published by Pearson (October 12, 2019) © 2020

  • Emily W. Rogers
  • Ann Marie McGuiness Leary




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For courses in surgical technology preparing students for the NBSTSA surgical technologist certification exam.

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Pearson's Surgical Technology Exam Review provides everything the surgical technology student needs to prepare for the NBSTSA CST certification exam. Developed by multiple leaders in the field, the content is based on the NBSTSA CST certification exam outline and the AST's Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6th Edition. Concise topical outlines and more than 1,000 questions span all aspects of surgical technology.

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Hallmark features of this title

Easy-to-follow review concepts and questions

  • A chapter-outline format helps students easily find the topics they need to review.
  • Anatomy review diagrams in each procedural chapter examine key anatomical features.
  • Basic instrumentation review in each procedural chapter looks at instrumentation by specialty.

Features reinforcing mastery

  • A 250-question practice test (Ch. 21) simulates the NBSTSA CST certification exam. It can be completed in either a pencil/paper or electronic format.
  • How To Answer tips in every subject-matter chapter help students answer challenging questions.
  • Surgery Hints from experienced practitioners appear in every subject-matter chapter. They help the novice surgical technologist gain confidence in their professional practice.

New and updated features of this title

Now offered via Pearson Test Prep, an online practice resource

  • NEW: Students can take a pre-test before studying to determine where to focus their studies.
  • NEW: Learners can personalize their study sessions. They can shuffle and randomize questions, bookmark questions, add notes to questions and customize exams.

Practical applications, including realistic exam questions

  • EXPANDED: More than 1,000 multiple-choice questions make up the exam review, including new questions in many chapters. The formats of questions match those of the actual certification exam.
  • EXPANDED: Rationales for each question offer insights rather than just answers. They explain why the distractor answers are incorrect. Rationales have been added for new questions.
  • NEW: The Clinical Applications section is a new feature of procedural chapters. It prompts students to apply chapter concepts to a patient scenario, just as they would during a surgical procedure.
  1. Medical Terminology
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Microbiology and Infection Control
  4. Pharmacology and Anesthesia
  5. Biomedical Sciences and Technology
  6. The Surgical Environment
  7. Surgical Asepsis
  8. The Surgical Patient
  9. Wound Management
  10. Instrumentation, Equipment, and Case Preparation
  11. Professional Aspects
  12. General Surgery
  13. Obstetrics and Gynecological Surgery
  14. Genitourinary Surgery
  15. Head and Neck Surgery
  16. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  17. Orthopedic Surgery
  18. Neurosurgery
  19. Ophthalmic Surgery
  20. Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery
  21. Practice Test

About our authors

Ann Marie McGuiness Leary began her career as a certified surgical technologist in 1975. Her professional career in the operating room spans 40+ years and includes clinical practice as a scrub and circulator, an educator and program director in several surgical technology programs, and the director of accreditation services for the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) for seven years. In addition to authoring various chapters in the first four editions of Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist: A Positive Care Approach and publishing numerous articles in The Surgical Technologist, she co-authored the 2nd edition of Pearson's Surgical Technology Exam Review. She has also served nationally on the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Instructors Committee, Bylaws Committee, and Core Curriculum Review Committee, and served as a director for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). She has presented surgical technology-related seminars on the local, state, national and international levels. Ann is currently employed as the infection preventionist/perioperative supervisor for Graystone Eye Surgery Center in Hickory, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Russ, and their two cats.

Emily Rogers is in her 44th year of teaching surgical technology. She was the surgical technology department head at Spartanburg Community College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for 33 years, where she retired in 2008. Since her retirement, she has been an adjunct faculty member in the surgical technology program at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. She has served nationally on the instructor's committee for the Association of Surgical Technologists and on the CST Exam Review Committee. She has also participated in item writing workshops for the NBSTSA and served as an accreditation site visitor for ARC/STSA.

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