Sterile Processing Technician Certificate

Curriculum Code: SPT.SPT.CERT (C417G)

(Total Program Credits: 12-14)

Prepares the student to work in the Sterile Processing Department (also known as the Central Supply or Central Processing Distribution Department). 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.

The program includes theory, lab and experiential learning components. Students receive supervised clinical experience at several cooperating area healthcare facilities.

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.

Graduates qualify to apply to the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management for eligibility to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination.

Program Prerequisites:

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • must score at the college level or better on the Reading and Writing placement exam or course equivalency; and
  • placement exam scores must not be more than two years old.
A criminal history records check with no disqualifying convictions is required prior to start of program.

Sterile Processing Technician 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Sterile Processing Technician Certificate, the graduate will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of sterile processing technician skills by successfully accomplishing controlled learning activities;
  • obtain and use knowledge in providing quality services to a diverse population;
  • apply acquired skills and knowledge of instrumentation within the clinical setting;
  • practice appropriate surgical asepsis and sterile technique in diverse patient care settings;
  • function as a competent health care team member to deliver excellence in safe patient care;
  • demonstrate the development and consistent application of ethical behaviors;
  • practice accountability, competence, and character demonstrative of a professional sterile processing technician; and
  • practice ownership of learning, maintain responsibility and self-discipline to appraise, and incorporate lifelong learning.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 101Essentials of Medical Terminology

1 credit


AHL 120Comprehensive Medical Terminology

3 credits


SPT 100Sterile Processing Basics #

2 credits

SPT 110Introduction to Medical Devices #

2 credits

SPT 120Principles of Sterile Processing Practice #

2 credits

SPT 130Perioperative Services Lab #

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:8-10

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPT 140Sterile Processing Technician Seminar #

2 credits

SPT 150Experiential Learning #

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

Note: all coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

See SPT course descriptions.

Instructional Area Coordinator: Teri Junge, Ext. 3921