Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician Program FAQs

Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician FAQs

What does a Sterile Processing  & Distribution Technician (SPDT) do?
The sterile processing and distribution technician decontaminates, inspects, assembles, and sterilizes instruments and surgical trays. The technician also manages inventory control, order and supplies, inspects, maintains, delivers and retrieves equipment and instruments for the surgery suite, emergency room and intensive care units, thus  ensuring the efficient management storage and maintenance of medical devices.

How can you become a  certified  Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician or SPDT?
1. You need to complete an approved  Sterile Processing & DistributionTechnician certification course. 
2. Take the course at a school that helps find or offer an externship program. Make sure that your school or instructor is accredited by any of the two accreditation agencies: (1.) CBSPD, Inc or (2.) International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).
3. After completing a minimum of 80 hours of training through a CBSPD, Inc. certified program; or 400 hours through a IAHCSMM program; you may take the national certification examination for Sterile Processing and Distribution Technicians in your school's recommended testing center.

Where do Sterile Processing Technicians work?
Physicians' offices, clinics, surgical centers, and hospitals are just some of the organizations in which Sterile Processing Technicians are providing services.

How much do Sterile Processing & Distrbution Technicians (SPDTs) make?
The starting salary for an SPDT is at about $35,000 to $60,000 in California depending on employer, experience level and location.

Why choose Altamont Healthcare's Sterile Processing & DistributionTechnician Certification Program?
Altamont Healthcare is the ONLY SPDT Certifcation program in the San Joaquin County. This program prepares the graduates for eligibility for the national certifying examination given by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution or CBSPD, Inc

How long is the program?
The program consists of a minimum of 100 hours of classroom time, and optional externship to either a school-based affiliation or an approved facility of student's choice. Currently, we have 3 Class options. The Day Class runs for 5- 6 weeks while the Night Class runs for 7 weeks and a Weekend Class that spans 10 weeks.

How much does the program cost?
The total program cost is $2,400.00. This includes Registration, Lab, Book and Materials, Uniform, Student Insurance and CPR/BLS Certification.

Do you offer Student Loans?

No. We do offer easy  Payment Options customized to your needs. Please contact us for more information to know which type of payment plan best suits your needs.

What are the admission Requirements?
You must be 18 years or older
Have a High School Diploma or GED
• A current CPR/BLS certificate  is included in the course

How can I enroll in the program?
Class size is limited to 16 students. To reserve a seat, kindly fill out the enrollment form in the home page or send us an email at to begin the enrollment process.

What are the other names of Sterile Processing Technicians?
- Sterile Processing Technologist
- Sterile Processing and Decontamination Technologist
- Central Sterile Supply Technician
- Sterilization Technician
- Sterile Preparation Technician

What are the States that give highest salaries?
- Denver, Colorado
- Houston, Texas
- Austin, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Saint Louis, Missouri
- Chicago, Illinois
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Tampa, Florida
- Los Angeles, California
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Springfield, Massachusetts

How does location influence a Sterile Processing Technician's salary?
Finally, the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution's 2008 Salary Survey found that salary and wage expectations could differ depending on the regional location within the US that a Sterile Processing Technician is employed in. Salaries and wages frequently vary according to region because of the fact that local economic conditions, population densities, and public and private demands for medical and health care services differ between geographic locations.

These are then recent hourly wage findings for SPTs and other surgical processing and distribution professionals across various regions throughout the nation: Southeast ($15.09/hr), Mid-West ($16.49/hr), South Central ($17.32/hr), Mid-Atlantic ($17.62/hr), Northeast ($17.77/hr), Mountain ($18.44/hr), West Coast ($19.01/hr) and North Central ($19.92/hr).

What is the projected career growth for Sterile Processing Technicians?
Currently it is expected that the demand for Sterile Processing Technicians will increase by 10-14% over the next few years.