Sterile Processing Tech

 

Sterile processing technicians play a critical role in keeping patients healthy by ensuring medical instrumentation and equipment is sterile. Their work helps patients avoid infections while receiving treatment. They also maintain the functionality and inventory of health care and surgical equipment.  SPTs can work in a sterile processing department and central service department in a variety of health care facilities, including hospitals, dental or eye care practices, plastic surgery offices, surgery centers and laboratories. You will contribute to a team of sterile processing technicians who are all working together to maintain sterilization and storage. This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue entry-level employment in the field or jobs in related fields.

Program Highlights:

  • Program duration is 8 months for part time students
  • Hands-on training includes fundamentals of surgical instrument decontamination, including preparation, packing, sterilization, instrumentation, sterile storage and materials management.
  • Preparation for Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution’s (CBSPD) Sterile Processing (SPD) certification exam.
  • You may qualify for a voucher, career education loan, or interest-free payment plan

Our sterile processing technician courses include training in the following areas:

  • This program teaches you the fundamentals of surgical instrument decontamination, including preparation, packing, sterilization, instrumentation, sterile storage and materials management.
  • Foundational anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and basic principles of microbiology and infection control will be presented.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Sterile Processing Technician program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic technical skills in managing the process for surgical instrumentation sterilization, inventory control and supply chain management, and information technology as it relates to the sterile processing environment.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors of caring, accountability, responsibility, respect for the quality care of patients, acceptable attitude and attire, and organization and time management skills.
  • Work independently in a team of central sterile processing technicians who are collaborating to maintain sterilization and storage.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills as a basis for clinical judgment and anticipatory decision making when managing all tasks related to sterile processing.
  • Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.
  • Maintain industry standards of quality control and safety principles in the workplace.
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards and adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care community environment as defined by HIPAA.

Occupational Outcomes:

Students enroll in this program to seek post-graduation employment in positions typically including:

  • Central Processing & Distribution Technician (CPD Tech)
  • Central Processing Technician (CPT)
  • Central Sterile Processing Technician
  • Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Tech)
  • Instrument Technician
  • Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician (SPD Tech)

Graduates of the program are qualified and encouraged to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution’s (CBSPD) Sterile Processing Distribution (SPD) certification exam. Tuition includes a prep course and one exam attempt fee.

A new career in healthcare awaits. Take the next step and call us at 209-545-5200 to find out how to get started!

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