Certification Requirements for Surgical Technologists Increasing

HealthcareSeptember 26, 2013

By Kevin M. Toole, National Dean of Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing Increasingly, more and more states are requiring surgical technologists to obtain a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential in order to be employed. Currently, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas have laws that require graduates study at an accredited surgical technology program and earn the CST certification as a condition for employment in the field. 

Additionally, Colorado and Washington have gone even further…requiring all practicing surgical technologists be certified and registered to practice in those states. Legislative activity to require certification is quickly intensifying in dozens of other states, suggesting more states will soon require CST certification for employment. 

 Fortis Colleges and Institutes take pride in the fact that all of their surgical technology programs are programmatically accredited and approved to offer the Certified Surgical Technologist  credential examination to graduates. Fortis offers multiple surgical technology programs in Texas and Tennessee,  where the CST credential is required for employment by law, and its campuses there fully endorse the credential requirement. 

In fact, Fortis makes all of its surgical technology programs, no matter what certification requirements are in effect in their states, provide that same CST certification eligibility to graduates. This ensures every credential Fortis offers will meet and exceed any and all future credentialing and employment laws. 

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