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Sterile Processing Technician - Career Facts

Program Length

This is a 15-credit certificate program which may take three semesters to complete.  Successful completion of the course qualifies a student to take the National Certification Examination for Sterile Processing and Distribution.

Nature of Work

The sterile processing technician is responsible for processing and inventorying hospital equipment, supplies, and instruments used in most hospital departments. They decontaminate, clean, sterilize and dispense supplies.  The position also requires safely lifting heavy objects and standing for long periods of time.

Employment Prospects

Job openings are expected to grow as fast as average, or about 10 to 20 percent.

Skills You Need

You should be in good physical and emotional health to secure and maintain employment. An interest in health care, attention to details, and an ability to organize is necessary.

Expected Earnings

The expected pay range for a Sterile Processing Technician in central Michigan is $22,000 to $32,000.


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