Association of Surgical Technologists

Nevada State Assembly

Association of Surgical Technologists
Association of Surgical Technologists




            NVSA is Proud to let everyone know that our Team Nevada Legislation Efforts to set Standards for the Practice of Surgical Technology and Surgical Technologists in the State of Nevada has achieved that goal with the Passage of AB347!!
                         Nevada Surgical Technology Education and Certification Bill AB347 Signed into Law
                         May 23, 2017 by Nevada Governor Sandoval                     


Nevada Surgical Technology Law

News Release:  KOLO TV Reno

Every surgical patient deserves a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in every operating room.

The Certified Surgical Technologist is an allied health professional who helps assure the care and safety of the surgical patient with an effective and positive outcome on all surgical procedures. All patients facing the unknowns of surgery will now be able to count on the Certified Surgical Technologist to have the education, training and expertise to perform the surgical procedure safely and competently as part of the surgical team.   



Creates a pathway of "standard entry"  to the profession  for  NEW  surgical technologists.

Protects patients by requiring hospitals to hire surgical technologists that are graduates of accredited programs and hold and maintain the CST credential.

Protects the jobs of all surgical technologists that exist now by grandfathering in surgical technologists who are employed and working as surgical technologists prior to the passing of the law. 

Officially recognize our profession for the first time in the state law



AST's legislative mission and goal has long been "Graduation from an accredited program in surgical technology and holding / maintaining the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) as a condition of employment." This law accomplishes that goal, while recognizing those individuals who have long practiced in the state and allowing them to continue their careers uninterrupted.

It is a simple regulation that accomplishes much for the profession, including the definition within state law of surgical technology as a real profession for the first time in the State of Nevada, along with education and credentialing standards.

At this time there are nine (9) states that have passed this law.
(Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

There are many State Assemblies of AST that are at some phase of the process of following suit, by building on the language of the AST legislative mission to get the law passed in their states.

5 States Reguire State Registration:  Colorado, Illinois, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington