Enhancing the profession to ensure quality patient care.
In the interest of patient
safety, the Association of Surgical Technology (AST) promotes a policy that would require healthcare facilities to
employ only individuals who satisfy baseline educational requirements and possess the CST credential. AST's government affairs department formulates a legislative/regulatory
strategy for educating state-elected officials on the critical role of
AST advocates to pass state
laws that, in order
to be hired to practice surgical technology, the candidate must:
from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology program;
(2) obtain the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST®) credential from the National Board of Surgical Technology
and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA); and
(3) maintain the CST® credential by completing mandatory continuing
education (CE) hours.
These requirements would
apply to new-hires employed on or after the effective date of the law. Federal
employees are exempt from the state law.
NOTE: When a state passes this law, nothing
in the law prevents an employer from requiring all of its surgical technologist employees (not just new-hires) to meet the full requirements of the law
regardless of whether the employee fits into the “grandfathered” or “military”
following states have passed laws related to the education and certification of
surgical technologists. For more information, click on the Map of State Laws (members
following states require surgical
technologists to register in order to work in the state:
following states offer optional registration/title protection for