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Workforce Development

Sterile Processing Technician Program
Summer 2024 Dates Coming Soon!

The Demand For Sterile Processing Technicians

Sterile Processing Technicians clean and sanitize used surgical instruments and other medical supplies so that they can be safely redistributed and reused on additional patients. The ideal candidate will be dependable, detail-oriented, and trustworthy. Sterile Processing Technicians find employment in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, medical laboratories, birth centers, and other facilities where sterilized equipment is needed. If you are interested in entering this fulfilling career field, and making a critical difference in patients’ lives, contact us about this program.

This short-term vocational program will prepare participants for extensive job opportunities across our community. It will also prepare students for the CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) Exam for SPD Technician certification. Please see links below.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Class Hours and Location:
Class meets on campus for in-classroom instruction on Mondays SUNY Niagara Room E-106 and live ZOOM instruction on Wednesdays (subject to change),  6:00pm – 9:00pm.
Clinical meets at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Students will be divided into two groups and will alternate Saturdays.

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD): Important Links, Cost, and Information
CBSPD Website:
Exam Fees: $128 plus fees

Tuition Costs:
Tuition: $1,250 plus the cost of textbooks and exam fees
(We do not accept payment plans, payment needs to be in full for registration.)

Textbooks must be purchased through the certifying board website as listed below NOT the College bookstore.

Basic of Sterile Processing textbook and workbook 7th Edition by Sterile Processing University LLC. Currently $165


CBSPD Sterile Processing Technician Study Guide 11th Edition Currently $20

The Surgical Instruments Flashcards which can be purchased from Amazon are also useful for your clinical experience, the certification exam, and for use while you are employed as a processing technician.

Immunization Requirements:
You will have to follow all vaccination policies required for the clinical site to participate in this course.
**Note that Flu Vaccines are required.

*Please register early, seating is limited.
**SUNY Niagara reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses due to insufficient enrollment.
***High School Diploma or equivalency is required.


Workforce Development
Phone: 716-614-6236
Location: A-231