The Central Sterile Processing curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the field of Sterile Processing and Central Service Supply.
The Central Sterile Processing department is the core department within a health care facility where medical / surgical supplies and equipment, both sterile and non-sterile, are decontaminated, processed, sterilized, stored and used for patient care.
What does a Central Sterile Processing Technician Do?
The Central Sterile Processing Technician is responsible for many vital services within various health care facilities. Responsibilities include:
- Decontamination procedures
- Preparation and packaging for sterilization
- Monitoring the process of steam, Ethylene Oxide, dry heat, and liquid chemical sterilization
- Maintaining product sterility
- Storage distribution, inspection, and inventory control of supplies, instruments and equipment
Graduates of this program can look forward to an exciting career working in:
- Outpatient surgery centers
- Dental surgery centers
Central Sterile Processing is a certificate level program which trains Sterile Processing Technicians to sterilize and assemble all of the equipment required for surgery, exams and other medical procedures.
What can a Central Sterile Processing Technician expect in salary ranges?
According to the US Department of Labor (opens in new window)
Sterile Processing Technicians earn between $10.42 and $15.72 per hour depending on their experience.
According to Payscale.com (opens in a new window)
Sterile Processing Technicians' salaries range between $21,000 and 40,000 annually.
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Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician Certification Examination.
- Upon completion of the program, students are encouraged to take the national Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician Certification Examination.
Candidates for the Central Sterile Processing Program must complete the following requirements:
High School Diploma / GED
FTCC General Application
- Graduates will receive a certificate and may be eligible to sit for the Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician Certification examination of the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
When are classes taught at FTCC?
Once a year, in the fall, the department will accept ten (10) students into the program.
The program consists of 16 credits.
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