New Jersey State Assembly —
Association of Surgical Technologists
The NJAST is a non-profit organization originally incorporated in 2006 as the New Jersey State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists. We are a chartered constituent division (state assembly) of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).
We represent approximately 3,000 surgical technologists working in New Jersey. Approximately 1,000 are members of the AST.
Promoting Surgical Technologists in the Garden State
The NJAST is governed by a Charter Agreement with the AST and state assembly bylaws. The Board of Directors of the organization consists of nine NJAST members and includes the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Elections are held at the Annual Meeting in the fall. Candidates for Director shall have been an Active Member of the AST for one year immediately preceding nomination and maintain that status if elected. Additionally, candidates for the office of President shall have served at least one term as a Director or Officer. No Officer or Director may serve more than two full terms in the same office.
At least two state assembly meetings per year are held where official business of the organization is conducted. Meetings are held in conjunction with an educational program. At least five continuing education credits are offered and are applicable toward certification renewal by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA, formerly the LCC-ST). The NJAST is an AST Approved Provider of Continuing Education.
The NJAST advocates legislation in New Jersey that would mandate surgical technologists and surgical assistants to have graduated from an accredited school and be nationally certified in order to practice in the State of New Jersey.