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Certified Surgical Technologist (CST®) Prep Course

Ace the CST® (Certified Surgical Technologist) exam by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)

We include multiple full-length practice tests with hundreds of practice questions.
All lessons are adapted from our highly reviewed study guide.
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Redo a difficult lesson as many times as it takes to stick in your memory!
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Take our practice tests and be quizzed after lessons. Gain confidence!
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Perioperative Care

Ancillary Duties

Basic Science

Count The Reasons
Get access to content from the best-reviewed study guide available.
Our course includes a flashcard mode with 440 content cards to help you study.
3 Full Tests
With 700+ practice questions and lesson reviews, you can test yourself again and again, to build confidence.
Use our bonus guides to unlock the secret keys to your exam, discover the best way to study, learn how to deal with test anxiety, and more!
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Course Outline
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CST Pretest


Welcome to the Mometrix Certified Surgical Technologist Course!
Study Tips and Test-Taking Strategies
5 Secret Keys to CST Exam Success5 Topics
Lesson Content
Secret Key #1: Plan Big, Study Small
Secret Key #2: Make Your Studying Count
Secret Key #3: Practice the Right Way
Secret Key #4: Pace Yourself
Secret Key #5: Have a Plan for Guessing
Test-Taking Strategies3 Topics
Lesson Content
Question Strategies
Answer Choice Strategies
General Strategies
Subject Content
Perioperative Care18 Topics
Lesson Content
Preoperative Preparation: Preoperative Phase, PPE, and Basic Needs of the Patient
Preoperative Preparation: Operating Room Environment and Preoperative Documentation
Preoperative Preparation: Prepping and Maintaining Sterile Field
Preoperative Preparation: Transporting the Patient and Surgical Patient Positioning
Preoperative Preparation: Patient Safety Measures, Monitoring Devices, and Surgical Site Preparation
Preoperative Preparation: Elements of Universal Protocol for Surgery
Intraoperative Preparation: Precautions in the Operating Room
Intraoperative Preparation: Surgical Instruments by Category
Intraoperative Preparation: Surgical Instrumentation
Intraoperative Preparation: Steps of Surgical Procedures
Intraoperative Preparation: Preparing Bone and Tissue Grafts & Methods and Applications of Hemostasis
Intraoperative Preparation: Providing Intraoperative Assistance
Intraoperative Preparation: Specialty Implantable Items
Intraoperative Preparation: Specialty Devices and Procedures
Intraoperative Preparation: Verifying, Mixing, and Labeling Medications, Drains and Catheters, Monitoring Status, & Surgical Specimens
Intraoperative Preparation: Sutures
Intraoperative Preparation: Dressings, Casts, and Responding to Intraoperative Emergencies
Postoperative Procedures
Ancillary Duties5 Topics
Lesson Content
Administrative and Personnel: Cost Containment Measures, Safety, and Hazards in the Operating Room
Administrative and Personnel: Ethical and Legal Issues
Equipment Sterilization and Maintenance: Instrument Cycle, Cleaning, and Troubleshooting
Equipment Sterilization and Maintenance: Packaging Process, Instrument List, and Safe Medical Device Act
Equipment Sterilization and Maintenance: Sterilization, Disinfection, and Surgical Logs
Basic Science13 Topics
Lesson Content
Anatomy and Physiology: Terminology
Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiovascular System
Anatomy and Physiology: Gastrointestinal System and Abdominal Quadrants
Anatomy and Physiology: Endocrine, Integumentary, and Lymphatic System
Anatomy and Physiology: Muscular, Peripheral Vascular, and Neurological System
Anatomy and Physiology: Reproductive and Respiratory System & Ear, Nose, and Throat
Anatomy and Physiology: Skeletal, Genitourinary, and Ophthalmic System
Anatomy and Physiology: Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
Anatomy and Physiology: Surgical Pathology
Microbiology: Microorganisms, Toxigenesis, Aseptic Technique, and Principles of Tissue Handling
Microbiology: Wound Healing
Surgical Pharmacology: Anesthesia, Hemostatic Agents, Antibiotics, and Fluid Replacement
Surgical Pharmacology: Weights and Measurements
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CST Course Feedback
Bonus Content
Guide to Effective Studying6 Topics
Lesson Content
Scheduling Study Time
Where and How to Study
Reading Methods
Taking Notes
Exam Day
How to Overcome Test Anxiety
CST Flashcards

Practice Tests

Practice Test 1
CST Practice Test 1
Practice Test 2
CST Practice Test 2
Practice Test 3
CST Practice Test 3
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Certified Surgical Technologist (CST®) Prep Course by Mometrix


Perioperative Care

  • Preoperative Preparation
  • Intraoperative Preparation
  • Postoperative Procedures

Ancillary Duties

  • Administrative and Personnel
  • Equipment Sterilization and Maintenance

Basic Science

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Pharmacology


Study Guide

Get access to content from the best-reviewed study guide available.

Track Your Progress

Our customized course allows you to check off content you have studied or feel confident with.

3 Full-Length Practice Tests

With 700+ practice questions and lesson reviews, you can test yourself again and again to build confidence.


Our course includes a flashcard mode consisting of 440 content cards.
59.99 (billed monthly)
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CST® is a registered trademark of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), which is unaffiliated, not a sponsor, or associated with Mometrix Test Preparation.