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Sterile Processing Technician

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As a Sterile Processing Technician, your work is performed to exacting standards in a variety of settings — hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, clinics, physicians’ offices, or instrument and supply companies.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn how to clean, disinfect, sterilize, and distribute the sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment used in various health care settings.
  • Gain hands-on experience in a sterile processing department in clinical applications.
  • Be eligible to sit for the national certification exam upon successful program completion.

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Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for a Sterile Processor ranges from $24,487 to $34,450.
  • Job growth is expected to be much faster than average for all types of surgical technologists, including Sterile Processors, between 2008-2018
  • Most Sterile Processors work in hospitals but opportunities exist in other medical settings as well including outpatient surgery centers private offices, or instrument and supply companies.
  • In a busy hospital that operates 24 hours a day, you may be required to work shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.
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