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The Sterile Processing Technician – Questions and Answers About the Career and Program

Posted: October 6, 2021 by Kasey Bowser
Sterile Processing Technician students identify tools in the classroom.
Learn with like-minded classmates during the sterile processing technician program.
 


Why is sterile processing important? What is the difference between a sterile processing technician and a surgical technologist? What is the average salary for a sterile processing technician? These are all questions you’ve been searching for and we’ve got the answers below. 
 
Sterile Processing Technician student learning about tools from instructor in the classroom lab. Learn about all the instruments and equipment you’ll use from experienced instructors.
Why is sterile processing important? Sterile processing is important because it prevents infections in hospital settings. Handwashing and sterilization and disinfection of tools, instruments and equipment are necessary for the safety of the patient. The sterile processing technician is in charge of cleaning and sterilizing medical and surgical instruments for reuse for surgical and medical procedures.
 
Would this occupation be compatible with your personality and interests? If you’re a detail-oriented person who is inquisitive, patient, cautious and hands-on, then this career may be a great fit for you. A good rule-follower and someone who’s analytical are also good traits for this career. 
 
What is the difference between a sterile processing technician and a surgical technologist? Sterile processing technicians are responsible for sterilizing and disinfecting all equipment as well as packaging tools used for medical procedures. The surgical technologist assists surgical teams while ensuring patient safety before, during and after surgery. They’re also responsible for preparing the operating room and the patient before and after surgery.
 
Sterile Processing Technician student waiting for tools to be sterilized in the decontamination washer in the lab. Get hands-on experience in our labs to prepare you for the real world.
What is the average salary for a sterile processing technician? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average mean annual wage for sterile processing technicians is $41,070. Of course, salary does depend on experience and location of employment. 
 
What kind of education do you need to be a sterile processing technician? The best path to take when becoming a sterile processing technician is to take the program at an accredited school. It depends on where you go to school for how long it can take, as some can take up to two years to complete. At Pima Medical, the program is accelerated and only takes nine months. It’s also best to get certified in your state at credentialing organizations such as the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
 
Are you ready to begin on your journey toward a career as a sterile processing technician? You can start making a difference when you complete the nine-month program with us today!
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