Sterile Processing Technician
Sterile Processing Technician Certificate
This program prepares the student to work in the sterile processing department (also known as the central supply or central processing distribution department) of a hospital or medical facility. Sterile processing technicians (also known as medical Equipment preparers or instrument technicians) provide support to patient care services within a healthcare facility. Responsibilities include cleaning, decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, packaging, sterilizing, storing and distributing medical devices needed to provide patient care, especially for patients undergoing surgical procedures.
Employment opportunities exist in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, surgical centers and birth centers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the need for sterile processing technicians will increase by approximately 14.5% between now and 2024.
The program includes theory, lab and experiential learning components. Students receive supervised clinical experience at several cooperating area healthcare facilities.
Graduates qualify to apply to the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for eligibility to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination.
- High school diploma or GED
- Must score at the college level or better on the reading and writing placement exam or course equivalency
- Placement exam scores must not be more than two years old
- Completion of prerequisite courses must not be more than five years old and all prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
- AHL 120 Comprehensive Medical Terminology - 3 Credits
- BIS 222 Principles of Microbiology - 4 Credits
- A criminal history records check with no disqualifying convictions is required prior to the start of the program
- Sterile Processing Technician Program courses must be taken in sequence and all program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
- Students must complete all health and clinical requirements (includes American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification, drug screening, and any additional information required by clinical site) prior to registration for SPT 140 and the requirements must be maintained through SPT 150
Complete the MANDATORY Selective Admission Application for Health Careers
Note: (Applicants should not apply to the Sterile Processing Technician Program until they have successfully completed the prerequisites for the program)
Acceptance is awarded every fall.
Attendance at an information session is ENCOURAGED in order to apply for admission to this program.
By attending an information session, you will learn about the career, the program at the college and the career pathways in the field.
For information on information session dates, times and locations, please register through our form below.
Teri Junge, MEd, CSFA, CST, FAST, CSPDT
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3921
708-456-0300, Ext. 3717