Sterile Processing Program | Bakersfield & Stockton | Altamont Healthcare

Sterile Processing Program in Bakersfield and Stockton, CA

A doctor picking up sterilized scissors while performing an operation in Bakersfield, CA

With Altamont Healthcare's Sterile Processing and Distribution Certification Program, you can become a certified sterile processing and distribution (SPD) technician in as little as five weeks. This in-demand, fast-paced medical career involves sterilizing and cleaning medical equipment so it can be safely used for multiple patients.

Our sterile processing program will quickly put you on track for a rewarding career. We have convenient locations in Bakersfield and Stockton, CA. Our Stockton class schedules include options for day, night, or weekend courses, while our Bakersfield schedules include night and weekend offerings. You can choose the location and schedule that works best for you.

SPD Techs Are in Demand

The best time to be a certified sterile processing technician is right now. As healthcare facilities are increasingly concerned about infections and contaminations, more jobs are available for SPD techs than ever before. Many of these positions are flexible, affording grads the opportunity for full-time, part-time, per diem, and even travel roles for employers such as job placement sites, human resources, hospital facilities, and instrument sterilization and maintenance companies.

Medical careers can often be appealing because they have so much to offer, but most of these positions require extensive training and years of schooling. If you've always thought the medical field was out of reach, sterile processing is your path to the career you've dreamed of. When you enroll in our affordable program, you'll be a candidate who is in demand with employers within a matter of weeks. It's time to get on the path to your future!

Program Features

Unlike many healthcare professions, you don't need medical experience to enroll in Altamont's SPD certification program. Anyone who is willing to work hard for a career in the expanding healthcare industry is eligible for this program. Because our students receive individualized attention from instructors, class sizes are limited to 15 students.

Upon enrollment, students will receive the tools they need for success in the SPD profession, including a free comprehensive review, BLS/CPR certification for healthcare professionals, in-house career workshops, and uniform.

Graduates who pass the SPD certification examination are eligible for our externship program. This provides hands-on experience and the opportunity to impress potential employers with your dedication and skills.

Flexible Tuition Payments

As we acknowledge that the financial cost of higher education is a barrier for potential students, we remain committed to assisting students at all socioeconomic levels who wish to enroll. That's why we maintain one of the nation's most affordable tuition rates among SPD certification programs. We offer several payment plans, and certain payment plans carry discounted rates.

Another pathway to limit the cost for students is the Certification Course Reimbursement Program. With this program, students can be reimbursed for the cost of the SPD program when they agree to travel and relocate for Steris IMS and be employed with the company for at least one year. Eligible students must complete the course with a grade of at least 80 percent and successfully complete the externship program.

Learn From the Best

At Altamont Healthcare, you will be taught by certified and experienced instructors who love their work. We partner with hospitals where you will visit an actual Sterile Processing Department to get first-hand experience, interaction, and education with sterile processing technicians, managers, and nurses. Our curriculum ensures that you'll fully understand the sterilization process and the importance of maintaining a high quality of care and dedication at each level of the department. Our program is approved and recommended by all hospitals nationwide because we are recognized by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing.

Medical technician in her mask, glasses, and cap in Bakersfield, CA

Most importantly, our instructors have the first-hand skills and knowledge to help you pass the sterile processing certification board examination on the first try. We are proud of our 80 percent-and-above passing rates. With the education we provide, your dedication and willingness to learn, and networking opportunities with local employers, you can even graduate the program with a job already lined up.

If you want to learn more about this rewarding career field, we've compiled Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician FAQs. Reserve your place in the next class by calling (209) 817-8035 or emailing at for more information. You can also enroll online.