Jefferson Regional Medical Center is assisting in the creation of a technical/vocational sterile processing class for Southeast Arkansas College.  The class will be led by Joyce M. Grant Scott, Dean of SEARK Nursing and Allied Health, 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),” according to the release.

Each course will last 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).

JRMC will support the course with time, space for lecture, video presentations and hands on work within the hospital’s SPD department, according to the release.

“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,” according to the release.

For more information, contact the SEARK Admissions Department at 870.543.5900 and then press 1.