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New York Surgical Technologist Certification Bill Passes

Publish Date: 7/4/2012

A bill that would require New York surgical technologists to become certified has passed the New York Senate and Assembly and is headed for the Governor’s desk.  Assembly Bill 9303A/Senate Bill 6511A would require minimum standards for certification as a surgical technologist.  A person who wishes to serve in the surgical technologist role must either:

  1. Complete a nationally accredited educational program for surgical technologists and hold a surgical technologist credential.
  2. Complete a surgical technologist training program in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
  3. Provide evidence that they were employed as a surgical technologist on or in the two years prior to the effective date of the bill; or
  4. Be performing surgical technologist duties for the federal government.

Under this bill, surgical technologists would also be required to complete 15 hours of continuing education annually.  A health care facility can employ a person who does not meet the certification requirements, but only if they are unable to find enough surgical technologists who meet the criteria.  Should they hire a person who does not meet the requirements, that person would be required to meet the requirements within two years of starting employment.  The Governor of New York will have 30 days from when he receives the bill to sign it. If he does not sign it, it will be considered a pocket veto.

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