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Allied Health Certification Bills Hit NY Governor’s Desk

Publish Date: 9/26/2012

Governor Cuomo is considering two bills that would require allied health professionals to become certified in the state of New York. Assembly Bill 9303A/Senate Bill 6511A is a surgical technologist certification bill that would set forth minimum standards for certification as a surgical technologist. If Cuomo approves the bill, each surgical technologist must fulfill one of the following requirements and complete 15 hours of continuing education annually:

  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.

Assembly Bill 8620C/Senate Bill 5155D would require central service technicians to obtain certification, although technicians employed in the two years before the effective date would be exempt from certification.  In addition, all central service technicians would be required to complete 10 hours of continuing education credits each year to remain qualified to work as a central service technician.

AORN Government Affairs will keep you updated on the status of these bills.

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