Sanford-Brown Institute - Iselin Surgical Technology Program Earns National Top Twenty Ranking

January 15, 2009

ISELIN,NJ (January 15, 2009)–Sanford-Brown Institute in Iselin, New Jersey, was recognized by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) as having one of the top 20 Surgical Technology Programs in the nation and has joined the Committee's PAE Elite Program . The PAE (or Program Assessment Exam) is a mandatory assessment given to all students while still active in their Surgical Technology clinical externship just prior to their graduation date. For the program year 2007-2008, 451 accredited programs were reviewed and more than 6,700 students were tested. Each year, the top 20 programs that finish with the highest median scores as compared to all programs that administered the Program Assessment Exam (PAE) are honored. The PAE Elite Twenty Program certificate acknowledges the great care that Sanford-Brown Institute - Iselin has taken to teach the skills required to those entering this field of precision, awareness and accountability.

"This accomplishment is a direct reflection of our Surgical Technology department's commitment and dedication to quality education," said Dennis Mascali, president of Sanford-Brown – Iselin. "Our faculty instructors provide Sanford-Brown students with a meaningful experience while preparing them for a career in the Surgical Technology profession,"

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technology is one of the fastest growing professions in the country and it is projected to grow faster than the average of all other occupations through the year 2014 (see citation).

A surgical technologist (ST) is an allied health professional who works as part of a surgical team to ensure that the operative procedure is conducted under optimal conditions. The ST assists by preparing the operating room and patients for surgery including transporting them to the operating room; checking vitals and charts and assisting members of the surgical team with gowns and gloves. During the surgery, they may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments making sure that every item is accounted for before sutures are knotted.

About the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)

Since 1969, the primary purpose of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) has been to ensure that surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality. This has been accomplished through accreditation, certification, and education. AST represents the interests of more than 80,000 practitioners across the country.

About Sanford-Brown Institute -- Iselin:

Sanford-Brown Institute – Iselin has offered quality career-focused programs to help motivated students advance in their personal and professional goals since 1984, first as the Ultrasound Diagnostic School and now as a member of the Sanford-Brown Institute network of campuses. Programs vary by location. Our programs include the fields of Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Ultrasound, Surgical Technology, Nursing and other Health-related fields. In addition, Sanford-Brown also offers programs in Business Administration, Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Game and Web Design and more. Sanford Brown Institute – Iselin is located at 675 US Route 1, 2nd Floor, in Iselin. For more information call (732) 623-5740 or go to

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at (visited October 24, 2007).

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