Northstar Learning Introduces Certified Surgical Technologist Program Within Allied Health Product Series

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New online program gives students a flexible, affordable option for Certified Surgical Technologist exam preparation

Archipelago Learning (NASDAQ:ARCL), a leading web-based provider of subscription-based online education products that provide instruction, practice, assessments and productivity tools that improve the performance of students via proprietary web-based platforms, today announced a new product, Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Review, within their popular Northstar Learning adult education series, an online program that provides students and academic programs with a flexible, affordable, and effective option for certification exam preparation. The Northstar Learning products are used to prepare students for success on the GED Tests, certification and licensing exams for health professions, college courses, and in other academic areas.

While traditional Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam review programs tend to be expensive and require students to modify their schedules around set evening or weekend classes, the Northstar Learning Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Review allows students to build a study plan that is completely flexible to their particular needs, at a fraction of the cost. Northstar Learning's web-based platform makes the program accessible anytime, anywhere an Internet connection is available, and unlike typical online practice and test-prep programs, skills are broken up into individual topics.

Designed to help students prepare for the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the program emphasizes peri-operative care, additional surgical technologist duties, and basic science knowledge.

"Our online program gives students confidence as they practice questions like those they will see on the exam," said Jennifer Grant, Northstar Learning Managing Editor. "A certification in the Surgical Technologist profession is preferred by many employers, and we are happy to help health professionals earn certification and advance in their careers."

Designed with dynamic content, built-in instruction, real-time reporting, engaging content, and an interactive game mode, the Northstar Learning Certified Surgical Technologist exam review joins Northstar Learning's existing library of programs for certification and licensing exams for students in health professions, which include: Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Vocational Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Radiography Technician, and many others.

Northstar Learning Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Review is available for purchase by schools, academic programs, instructors, and students. More information including pricing for individuals and quantity discounts for educators is available at Northstar Learning products are also available through

About Archipelago Learning
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company that provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessments and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary web-based platforms. Archipelago Learning's products are utilized by over 9.5 million students in approximately 21,700 schools in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. For more information, please visit Archipelago Learning is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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