Do you want to work in Western New York’s booming healthcare industry, but aren’t sure where to start? An education in Sterile Processing and Distribution takes just 13 weeks and can be your entry point to a fulfilling healthcare career.
Classes Start Jan. 29
Trocaire’s Spring 2019 Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) course is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays (5-8 p.m.) from, Jan. 29-April 25 and is designed to train students for entrance into a career in Central Supply Services.
The program prepares students to develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store, and issue both sterile and non-sterile medical/surgical supplies and equipment for direct patient care. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to take the National Institute for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel Examination through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
In as little as three and a half months, you could have the training and expertise to walk into a well-paying and in-demand healthcare position. A career in SPD can also be the first rung on a career pathway to fields such as Surgical Technology, Nursing and more.
Careers in SPD
According to GlassDoor, the average salary of sterile processing and distribution technicians in Buffalo is $41,558, and the projected growth rate through 2026 is projected between 10% to 14% (faster than average). There are 7,600 job openings anticipated nationally and 2,760 job openings anticipated in the state of New York through 2026.
Employment opportunities include positions in inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, and central sterile processing units in hospitals. Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Catholic Health are the largest employers in this area in Western New York.
Job titles include: Central Sterile Processing and Distribution, Sterile Processing and Distribution Technicians, Medical Equipment Preparers, Central Processing Technician (CPT), Central Service Technician (CST), Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician), Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Instrument Technician, Sterile Preparation Technician, Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician), Sterile Processing Technician, Sterile Technician and Sterilization Technician.