Central Sterile Processing

Central Sterile Processing Technology Diploma Program

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Central Sterile Processing Technician

How long will it take to recover? What will the procedure cost? Do I have to be awake for it?

These are the questions we typically ask before an operation. However, the one we should be asking more often is, will the medical instruments be clean?

Central sterile processing technicians are the unsung heroes of every surgery. Although we may rarely hear about them in comparison to doctors, they are perhaps the single most important defense against infections. If you have always wanted a critical, worthwhile career in the medical field, Stautzenberger College can help you find it.  

Below are ten reasons to enroll in our central sterile processing technician diploma program:

  1. Ensure patients' safety. Your work can have a direct impact on someone's life. Having the correct, clean instruments allows surgeons to complete successful surgeries. The most rewarding aspect of being a central sterile processing technician is knowing you have improved a patient's life and health. 
  2. Learn the three phases of contamination. Sometimes central sterile processing technicians are confused with medical assistants since both occupations require cleaning medical instruments. However, the training that sterile processing technicians undergo is much more advanced. Our program covers the three main phases of sterile processing: decontamination, preparation and packing, and sterilization. 
  3. Variety of workplaces. Besides hospitals, other common employers of central sterile processing technicians are outpatient care centers, dentist offices, and colleges.    
  4. Gain a wide variety of knowledge. Our program contains classes in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, surgical instrumentation, medical terminology, and inventory management. Possessing an understanding of these topics can allow you to succeed not only in sterile processing but in other medical positions as well.
  5. Positive job outlook. Central sterile processing technicians are pivotal to surgeries, and will therefore remain in high demand at hospitals and surgery centers all across the country. According to Onet Online, employment opportunities are expected to grow up to fourteen percent between 2016 and 2026.1
  6. Short program length. Our central sterile processing technician program only lasts ten months. Unlike other medical jobs that require years of extensive training, sterile processing technicians can be hard at work in less than a year. 
  7. Prevent infections. It's not only patients who can suffer from dirty equipment. Medical instruments are handled by many people including the surgeon, medical assistants, and other sterile processing technicians. Your work can keep a large number of people safe.
  8. Perfect for the detail-oriented. Inspecting, assembling, and packaging instruments requires careful attention to detail. If you excel at spotting defects or organizing items into groups, you could put your skills to excellent use in this field.
  9. Affordable program. Our financial aid office can help you navigate your options and paperwork. We are only a quick phone call away when you need us.
  10. Be an important team player. Surgeries would be impossible without sterile processing technicians. By assisting other members of the medical staff, you give them more time and energy to devote to patients. If you enjoy cooperation and want to be part of a team that saves lives, look no further for an amazing career. 

1National Center for O*NET Development.  31-9093.00.  O*NET OnLine.  Retrieved December 14, 2017, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9093.00

Program length – 10 months

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Students could learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process. Classes include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, surgical instrumentation, medical terminology, and inventory management.

Central sterile processing technicians disinfect, prepare, process, store, and issue both sterile and non-sterile supplies and equipment for patient care in healthcare settings.

Demand for medical equipment preparers is expected to grow by 14% through 2024 with 18,100 projected job openings.1

1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16

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