Sterile Processing Technician

Training Certificate

Overview

This program teaches students to prepare instruments/packages for processing, decontamination, ultrasonic clearner disinfection, sterilizations, and distribution in the hospital or surgery setting.

Sterile Processing technicians are responsible for processing surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment. Serving in settings ranging from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers, central service technicians provide support to patient services. Central Service Department tasks include decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed for patient care. The Central Service Department of a health care facility is the heart of all activity surrounding instruments, supplies, and equipment required for operating rooms, endoscopy suites, intensive care units, birth centers, clinics, emergency departments and other patient care areas. Sterile Processing technicians play a most important role in patient care arenas and are responsible for first-line processes to prevent patient infections.

How to Enroll

To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology must be taken with a passing grade before taking the Sterile Processing Technology course.

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
4.80 48

Anatomy and Physiology

This 48-contact-hour, all-lecture course is a general introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course is a prerequisite for other courses and certificate programs.

ID: CEMPR-500

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$699.00
4.80 48

Medical Terminology

Students will learn medical terminology by analyzing the prefix, suffix, word roots, and combinations used in medical terms. This course is a prerequisite for other courses and medical certificate programs. This course may be used for exemption of AHS 102.

Classroom, Online

ID: CEMPR-524

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$699.00
4.80 48

Sterile Processing Technology

This course teaches students to prepare instruments/packages for processing, decontamination, ultrasonic cleaner disinfection, sterilization, and distribution. Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology must be taken with a passing grade before taking the Sterile Processing Technology course.

Classroom

ID: CEMED-700

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@midlandstech.edu.
$995.00
 
Estimated Cost
Tuition Assistance
$2,393.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Sterile Processing Technicians

Sterile Processing technicians are responsible for processing surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment. Serving in settings ranging from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers, central service technicians provide support to patient services. Central Service Department tasks include decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed for patient care. The Central Service Department of a health care facility is the heart of all activity surrounding instruments, supplies, and equipment required for operating rooms, endoscopy suites, intensive care units, birth centers, clinics, emergency departments and other patient care areas. Sterile Processing technicians play a most important role in patient care arenas and are responsible for first-line processes to prevent patient infections.

Average Annual Salary

$36,526
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals

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