HB 468 – Establish Surgical Technology Standards

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Donna White (R-Johnston); Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth); Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly)


This bill:

  • Establishes standards for surgical technology care applicable to hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities.
  • Sets out a series of definitions, including for the terms “surgical technologist” and “surgical technology”.
  • Prohibits hospitals from employing or otherwise contracting with a surgical technologist unless the technologist meets a minimum of the following qualifications: (1) provides evidence of successful completion of an accredited training program and holds and maintains the Certified Surgical Technologist credential issued by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting; (2) provides evidence of successful completion of an appropriate training program for surgical technology in the US military or the US Public Health Services; or (3) provides documentation of employment to practice surgical technology in a licensed hospital or ambulatory surgical facility on, or during the 3 year immediately preceding December 31, 2019.
  • Authorizes a hospital to employ or contract with an individual to practice surgical technology during the 12-month period immediately following successful completion of an accredited educational program but prohibits further employment without documentation that the required credential has been obtained.
  • Specifies continuing education requirements.


Filed – 3/31/2021