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 Become a crucial member of the medical community in as little as 12 weeks. San Jose Sterile Processing Program 

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Sterile Processing course

Additional Information

 A sterile processing technician is someone who cleans and sterilizes used surgical instruments and other medical supplies so that they can be safely redistributed and reused on additional patients. 

Topics learned in the Sterile Processing Course needed for the field;


  • Infection control and prevention
  • Decontamination, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization
  • Surgical instruments and storage
  • Distribution and inventory control
  • Microbiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy & physiology

 Sterile processing technicians work behind-the-scenes in healthcare organizations including hospitals and outpatient clinics. Though you won’t work directly with patients, your job is crucial to the health and safety of every patient and healthcare professional at your place of employment.   


Enrollment Documents Needed SPD

Please print the Enrollment packet from (Complete Enrollment file) and bring with you when ready to pay the down payment of $400 for Sterile Processing to save your seat. You will need high school diploma/GED or college  transcripts along with Driver's License. You need to bring your immunizations ASAP. 

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Sterile Processing Technician Enrollment

SVSTI in San Jose offers you an outstanding Sterile processing technician program to learn and carry out all the sterile processing functions with surgical instruments and medical equipment. In most scenarios, a sterile processing technician will work in specific roles in order to achieve a high standard of patient care and keep the risk of hospital-acquired infection at its lowest. These roles include a meticulous examination of instruments and devices to ensure they are clean and safe to use, monitor and operate sterilization equipment and assemble specialty instrument trays.

As many healthcare facilities are increasingly concerned about nosocomial infections, more jobs are available for SPD techs than ever before. Many of these positions are full-time, part-time, per diem, and even away from home as travel assignments. Sterile Processing is a dedicated department considered as the heart of any hospital or medical center. SVSTI will prepare you to become a Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician in the Bay Area.

Register now for the Sterile Processing Technician course in San Jose. 

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Sterile processing technician data

Additional Information

Occupational Employment & Wages, May 2017

31-9093 Medical Equipment Preparers 

Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

National estimates for this occupation:  

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:


Employment (1) 53

Employment 1.5%
 RSE (3)

Mean hourly $17.82

Mean annual $37,060

  wage (2)

Wage RSE (3) 0.4%

Employment numbers

1. There are 50,550 instrument specialist technicians in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2. The size and type of facility, hospital, physician office, surgery center, etc., dictates the amount of people that work in the sterile processing department. Many facilities hire people based on surgical hours performed, according to Mr. Bilal. There could be one person in a sterile processing department or as many as 100 people.

3. The constant technological advancements in medical supplies/devices and instrumentation has led to a growing demand for highly trained central service technicians. According to the BLS, the job growth for instrument specialist technicians between 2012 and 2022 is at 20 percent.

Industries with the highest levels of employment of instrument specialist technicians:

· General medical and surgical hospitals — 35,100

· Outpatient care centers — 3,660

· Physician offices — 2,890

· Dentist offices — 2,380

States with the highest employment level of instrument specialist technicians:

· California — 6,540

· Florida — 4,580

· Texas — 3,100

· Ohio — 2,260

· New York — 2,230


The mean hourly wage for instrument specialist technicians is $16.28.

The mean annual wage for instrument specialist technicians is $33,850.


Tech Is likely perform basic duties such as delivering supplies and carts, while a Tech IV might have to put together more sets, handle biologicals or perform sterilization duties.

Sterile processing department staff play a large role in helping prevent healthcare-associated infections. Without proper decontamination, preparing and packaging and sterile instrumentation, patients could be at risk for HAIs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HAIs occurred in an estimated 722,000 patients in acute care hospitals, and caused 75,000 deaths in 2011.

Medical Equipment Preparers in California

May also be called: Central Processing Technicians (CPT); Central Service Technicians (CST); Central Sterile Supply (CSS) Technicians; Certified Registered Central Service Technicians (CRCST); Sterile Preparation Technicians; Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technicians; and Sterile Processing Technicians

Medical Equipment Preparers are essential to the medical field. They are responsible for sterilizing, stocking, and preparing various medical tools, supplies, and equipment in health care facilities, such as hospitals, dental offices, and outpatient care centers. They may prepare operating areas with the proper supplies and equipment. Since there are contagious infections and diseases present in health care facilities where Medical Equipment Preparers work, it is important that potential spreading of these be minimized. Preparers are crucial in preventing the spread of viruses and contamination of germs and bacteria. 


Annual Wages for California 2018

 (25th percentile)    $36,434

 (50th percentile)    $47,080

 (75th percentile)    $59,547


Skill Used in this Task


Operate and maintain   steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and   maintenance procedures performed.

Critical Thinking 

Organize and   assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized   supplies, filling special requests as needed.

Information Ordering

Examine equipment to   detect leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair.

Quality Control   Analysis

Record sterilizer   test results.

Written Expression

Start equipment and   observe gauges and equipment operation to detect malfunctions and to ensure   equipment is operating to prescribed standards.

Operation Monitoring

Report defective   equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.

Problem Sensitivity 

Stock crash carts or   other medical supplies.

Customer and   Personal Service 

Purge wastes from   equipment by connecting equipment to water sources and flushing water through   systems.

Arm-Hand Steadiness

Check sterile   supplies to ensure that they are not outdated.

Near Vision 

Disinfect and   sterilize equipment such as respirators, hospital beds, or oxygen or dialysis   equipment, using sterilizers, aerators, or washers.

Manual Dexterity 

Clean instruments to   prepare them for sterilization.

Finger Dexterity


Estimated Employment   and Projected Growth
 Medical Equipment Preparers


Geographic Area         California
 (Estimated Year-Projected Year)  

 Employment  6,900 

 Employment 7,800

 Change 900

 Change 13.0 

 Openings  10,000



Certification is not required by all employers; however, many employers may prefer to hire prospective Medical Equipment Preparers who are certified as a sterile processing technician. In order to take the exam, individuals must provide verification of 6-12 months of employment in a sterile processing and distribution (SPD) related field, depending on the specific occupation and duties performed. One may also qualify for the exam by completing a Central Service/SPD training course with a passing grade. For more information, go to the U.S. Department of Labor's Career InfoNet Web site and scroll down to "Career Tools." Click on "Certification Finder" and follow the instructions to locate certification programs.