The Certified Sterile Processing Technician is an integral member of the health care team. Even though they work behind the scenes, their responsibility is a very important one.
They serve two primary roles within the facility. First, they are responsible for cleaning and sterilizing reusable utensils and equipment from the hospital’s various departments. Second, they’re storekeepers with responsibility for ensuring that they have adequate inventory of instruments and disposable items to meet the needs of doctors, nurses,surgeons, and technical staff throughout the hospital. Both are important in maintaining the safety and well-being of the patient.
A Growing Career Opportunity
As of January 2015, New York State requires Sterile Processing Technicians to be certified. Broome-Tioga BOCES offers the only program in the area to prepare students for the CBSPD Technician Certification Exam.
- Decontaminates & sterilizes instruments, medical supplies and equipment, and assembles, wraps and sterilizes trays of instruments
- Monitors biological and chemical wash solution to ensure quality and consistency for decontamination of instruments and equipment.
- Sorts sets of instruments, trays and medical equipment. Collects and distributes instruments, trays, crash carts and facility medical equipment.
- Verifies that equipment functions properly, requisitions for equipment maintenance, repair or replacement and removes defective equipment.
The working environment is a very physical one; carrying, climbing, crouching, eye/hand/foot coordination, kneeling, lifting, pulling, pushing, repetitive movements, and standing are required to fulfill the responsibilities of the Sterile Processing Technician.
Pre-requisite: An approved high school diploma or GED/TASC Certificate needs to be submitted with application.
Classes will be held at Broome-Tioga BOCES main campus at 435 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY 13905
Dates: 10/4/21 - 12/22/21
Hours: 92 + 30 Clinical (recommended)
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The following items are needed in the Sterile Processing Tech class:
1. Scrub top
2. Clean, undamaged pants
3. OSHA approved shoes
4. Physical exam