Sterile Processing and Distribution Technology
Area of Study: Sterile Processing & Distribution Technology
Degree/Certificate: Certificate of Proficiency
If you are not already an active Tri-C student, you must first apply to the college. If you are interested in more than one health careers program, you must submit a separate health careers application for each program. You may only apply to three programs at one time.
The sterile processing and distribution technician decontaminates, inspects, assembles, packages and prepares and then sterilizes instruments for surgery, emergency rooms and critical care units. They also manage inventory, order supplies and maintain equipment. A hands-on clinical practicum experience in an area hospital is included in the course of study. This program prepares graduates for eligibility for the Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician Certification by the CBSPD, Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution. Students may apply credits toward the Surgical Technology Program, or meet with an academic counselor to apply credits toward an Associate of Technical Studies degree.