Prepares Students for Fast-Growing Careers in Healthcare

Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:42 PM

Fortis College in Baton Rouge now offers a Sterile Processing Technician program that will provide students an education in a fast-growing healthcare career.

The campus currently is enrolling students for Sterile Processing Technician classes that begin in early 2015.

“The program is a great opportunity for area residents interested in careers in healthcare – especially at a time when unemployment remains high in certain job categories,” says Campus President Vaughn Hartunian. “While jobs are never certain in any profession, healthcare just might be among the nation’s most recession-proof careers, especially as medical options and coverage expand.”

According to O*NET, an online occupational information network (, sterile processing technicians can expect good employment opportunities through 2022, with an increase in jobs ranging from 15%-21%. Advances in surgical technology combined with an aging population should heighten demand for surgery, and for sterile processing technicians as well.

Sterile processing technicians don’t have direct patient contact, but are responsible for ensuring the instruments used by medical professionals are contaminant-free. Their role is largely administrative and technical, requiring a focused, detail-oriented personality.

Fortis College’s Sterile Processing Technician program provides instruction on proper techniques for cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments, as well as microbiology and infection control methods. Upon completion of the program, Fortis graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment opportunities in hospitals, physicians’ offices, inpatient and outpatient clinics, diagnostic centers and other healthcare facilities.

“Surgeons may be the most visible members of surgical teams, but they can't work effectively without the help of many other skilled professionals. Among them are support staff such as sterile processing technicians, who take care of the logistical details,” Hartunian adds.