Sterile Processing and Distribution

This program is designed to train students for careers in Central Supply Services in healthcare organizations, hospitals or laboratories. The Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician 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 and clinical use.


Sterile Processing and Distribution Program

To qualify for this program, students will need to submit:

Surgical technology students at Trocaire

  • High School Transcripts/GED or Diploma
  • Complete a Reading Comprehension Test and or Submit College Transcripts
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is required prior to clinical experiences
  • Complete College Health Forms

January 2021 Cohort
January 25-April 6

Students will receive the following services and course materials at no additional cost:

  • Textbook
  • Scrubs
  • SPD National Certification Exam ($125 Fee covered in tuition)

A Unique Program

Students enrolled in Trocaire’s SPD Program take their class with the Trocaire Surgical Technician Students thus allowing students to experience the highest quality training as they prepare for an exciting new career as a Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician. The course includes the cost of the national SPD certification examination,


Sterile Processing and Distribution Program Application


What do Sterile Processors do?

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

Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.

Record sterilizer test results.

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

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

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sterile Processors in Western New York can expect a median annual wage of $36,930 or $17.75/hour. Starting salaries can be $29,220 or roughly $14/hour.

The employment rate for Sterile Processors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, much larger than the average for all occupations.


Employment Path Possibilities


Experience could also lead to careers in fields such as:


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