Sterile Processing Technician

sterile processing technician


Certified Cleaning & Sterile Processing Technician CCSPT®

When you receive your NHCWA Certified cleaning & sterile processing technician certification, you will usually find it fairly easy to get a job. As an added bonus, you won’t be trying to compete for jobs where there is a high rate of turnover combined with a large number of people applying.

What Does A Cleaning & Sterile Processing Technician Do

Sterile Processing Technician is a medical professional that sterilizes and sets up supplies and equipment needed for surgery, physical exams, and other medical procedures.

Their tasks include:

  • Receiving used surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment from operating rooms and other areas of a hospital/medical facility
  • Disassembling, inspecting (to set aside any rejects), cleaning, reassembling, and sorting contaminated supplies and equipment
  • Loading, monitoring, operating, and maintaining different kinds of cleaning and sterilization equipment
  • Identifying, documenting, and reporting equipment in need of repair
  • Organizing and assembling instrument trays required for specific surgical cases (for example, total knee replacement, sinus surgery, or gall bladder surgery), and filling special requests as needed
  • Maintaining records of all equipment and supplies (for example, scissors, screws, and drapes) and ordering supplies as needed

NHCWA Cleaning & Sterile Processing Technician Certification Requirements:

One of these requirements must be met:

  • Graduation from an allied health vocational training program
  • One year of work experience in the field
  • Military experience/training in the field
  • Reciprocity from another certifying agency

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