This major is a program that prepares individuals to clean, sterilize, and assemble surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies for use in operating rooms and other medical and surgical facilities.
Includes instruction in sterilization; infection control; decontamination; and surgical instrumentation processing, distribution, and record-keeping.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Sterile Processing Technology/Technician Major (use the College Search feature and enter "sterile" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Sterile Processing Technology/Technician Major?
As a Sterile Processing Technician, you will be responsible for manually cleaning and sterilizing the equipment and instruments to be used during a surgical procedure. You will also be responsible for examining, testing and monitoring certain items, such as autoclaves, to ensure they’re operating properly.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Sterile Processing Technology/Technician Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Healthcare Sterile Processing Association
- Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution
Publications/Magazines in Sterile Processing Technology/Technician Major