We were given the tools to not only understand what a Sterile Processing Department is, but also the importance of Sterile Processing Technicians in a medical setting.
Certified Sterilization Technician (non-credit)
The field of healthcare may be constantly changing, but the importance of proper sterilization techniques remains a core priority. The prevention of infections is imperative for all who work in the Sterile Processing Field. As this awareness becomes more widespread, the need for Certified Sterilization Technicians is on the rise. Anyone with the desire to become an important component in providing quality patient care by minimizing infection rates can become a highly needed healthcare professional. Sterilization Technicians to work in labs and hospitals sterilizing surgical equipment.
Students will learn the latest advancements in Sterilization, as well as Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, instrumentation, decontamination and infection control. The different forms of sterilization (i.e. Steam, Ethylene Oxide and Gas Plasma) will be demonstrated. This course will prepare students to sit for the SPD Technician Certification Exam, C.S.P.D.T. For more information about this exam and the organization, please visit the website at www.sterileprocessing.org or call 908-236-0530.
This course will include 60 hours of theory and 20 hours of clinical training on-site at a medical facility. Completion of all 80 hours is required to earn a certificate of completion. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical training. Each student is required to submit proof of immunization to the instructor at the first class session.
Students must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in this course. Proof of the following immunizations is require: MMR, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B as well as a current Flu Vaccine.
As of January 1, 2016, the state of Connecticut requires newly hired Sterile Processing Department (SPD) Technicians to be certified prior to employment. Earning potential for a professional working in this field is $37,440 – $56,910