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Alumni Spotlight: Sterile Processing Technician Graduate Adam Gutierrez

Posted: March 26, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Sterile processing technician certificate graduate smiling with equipment.
Sterile Processing Technician graduate, Adam Gutierrez.
 


Adam was working in retail and wanted a new career. A friend attending Pima Medical shared stories about the Sterile Processing Technician program and Adam decided to enroll in the program as well.

Returning to school wasn’t easy, but with instructor support, Adam completed the program and immediately started working after graduation. Read Adam’s story below.
 
“I learned so much at Pima Medical and felt like they prepared me for this career. I am working at Lovelace Hospital as a Sterile Processing Technician (SPT). Basically, I take the instruments used in the operating room for a specific surgery, reprocess them from dirty to sterile instruments and then reorganize them in preparation for the next surgery.
 
Prior to Pima Medical, I was working at Walmart. I knew I wanted something better so I decided to go back to school for a career in the medical field. I had a friend who attended Pima Medical's SPT program and when she talked about it, I thought it sounded interesting to work with surgical instruments. I also liked the idea that I wouldn't have to interact face-to-face with patients.
 
Going back to school was a little rough in the beginning, but I had Miss V, and she was the best teacher I've ever had. I never learned math in high school, but she knew how to make math make sense for me and I felt comfortable asking questions. I was super nervous to start my externship, even though I felt prepared, because I had never been to Lovelace Hospital and everything felt so new.”
 
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