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)

Job Description

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.

Program Description

Students will learn the latest advancements in Sterilization, as well as Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, instrumentation, decontamination and infection control. There will be a class trip experience as the students visit and observe a Sterile Processing department in action. 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 web site at www.sterileprocessing.org or call 908-236-0530.

The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is REQUIRED to receive a certificate of completion for the Certified Sterilization Technician program. This course is offered at various times throughout the year.

Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain Healthcare Career courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a healthcare setting.

This program is CT SNAP, CT WIOA and MASS WIOA approved.

Admission Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in this course. Students must complete the immunization form provided by the college and return it to the instructor on the first day of class. Students must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds, as well as stand for long periods of time.

Time Commitment

This 4 month program meets for 80 hours.

Employment Outlook

Certified Sterilization Technicians/Surgical Technicians are projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have 27% job growth from 2014-2024. 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 $41,860.

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