TJC offers new, sterile processing course for health care specialists

Tyler Junior College is offering a new course that will provide clinical experience and certification opportunities for health care workers who specialize in sterilization of medical instruments.

“Obviously, instrument sterilization is a priority in any medical setting, from dental offices to operating rooms,” said Sherry Seaton, TJC surgical technology department chair.

“Several states, including Texas, will soon be requiring employees in this specialized area to be certified. We’ve created this course to aid in that endeavor.”

Sterile Processing Technician is an eight-week continuing education course set 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Monday, June 13. The course will be held in Room 217 of the Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center on the TJC main campus. After completing eight weeks of classroom instruction, students will complete 40 hours of clinical instruction in a hospital setting.

Instructor will be Dustin Hooten, sterile processing manager at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health Systems.

In-person registration is going on now through Monday, June 13, at TJC West, located at 1530 SSW Loop 323 in Tyler.

For more information, call TJC West at 903-510-2900 or email Hooten at or call him at 405-985-0530.

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