Pellissippi State to offer sterile processing training

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - There is a need for some medical professionals in our area, and a community college is stepping in to try to fill the gap.

Many hospitals in our area are looking for sterile processing technicians. They are the people who sterilize the medical tools before surgery.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College will soon be offering a new class to get people prepared to take those jobs.

It is a job that sometimes gets overlooked, but it is a necessary part of the medical field.

"We've read horror stories of when something wasn't sterilized properly or some kind of bacteria was involved in some kind of surgery and there's serious ramifications for that," said Todd Evans, PSTCC Director of Workforce Development.

More than 300 jobs need to be filled within a 30 mile radius of Knoxville, but now PSTCC is aiming to train people specifically for those jobs.
 
"We are the first in the state to actually offer this program and since it's on the non-credit side there's no requirement of applying to the college or having any kind of additional registration fees," Evans said.

For 14 weeks students will get hands on learning everything you need to know for this instrumental medical position.

"It runs the gamut from knowing the different types of equipment, but as important is knowing what type of sterilization is required for each so that it's safe for the next patient," Evans said.

The goal is to get our hospitals staffed to better serve patients.

"There's a tremendous amount of need to fill these positions," Evans said.

The Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician course at PSTCC costs $2,600 and includes textbook and study materials, two pairs of surgical scrubs and the cost of the IAHCSMM certification application and examination.

It is an approved Veterans Administration training program and an approved American Job Centers Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act training program.

For more information visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.


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