Jefferson Regional Medical Center is assisting in the creation of a Technical/Vocation Sterile Processing class which will be led by Joyce M. Grant Scott for Southeast Arkansas College, according to a news release.

This program provides an overview of the Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) profession and teaches the fundamental concepts, techniques and skill sets in order for students to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing Exam (CBSPD). Each course lasts 16 weeks, with classes on Thursday evenings. Participants will study all the functions within this industrial process, which include: decontamination, ultrasonic cavitation, washer disinfection, instrumentation, identification, preparation, packaging for sterilization, the sterilization process, steam quality, sterile storage and distribution (inventory control, case cart management and preference card utilization).

Jefferson Regional will support the course with time, space for lecture, video presentations and hands-on work within the hospital’s SPD department.

New Jersey and New York are currently the only states that require certification before an employee can be hired into an SPD department, but this qualification is expanding through other state legislatures. It is a great field with a very large body of knowledge, including: surgical technology, infection control, materials management, finance, capital acquisition, workflow design and industrial applications.

For more information, contact the SEARK College Admissions Department by calling (870) 543-5900 and then pressing 1.