Central Sterile Processing Technicians (CSPT) are responsible for packaging surgical instruments in hospitals, medical offices, surgical centers, and clinics. Central Sterile Processing Technicians are highly needed healthcare professionals who improve the quality of patient care by minimizing infection rates. Job requirements include organizing and assembling instrument trays, sterilizing supplies, operating sterilization equipment including sterilizers, aerators and washers, and maintaining records and inventory. This program includes 60 hours of classroom time covering decontamination and sterilization processing, anatomy and physiology; microbiology infection control, and identification of surgical instruments. Students are also required to complete 20 hours of clinical internship experience.
Upon completion, students are eligible to take the certification exam through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Inc. (CBSPD). Certification is mandatory for employment.
PREREQUISITES: 1) At least 18 years of age. 2) High school diploma or GED. 3) Health form complete with immunizations and two-step PPD. 4) Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds and stand for long periods of time.