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Sterile Processing Technician


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14 Weeks



Pay In Full


*You can pay as little as $262 per month. For full payment options and different financing plans, including interest rates from external lenders, please talk to our enrollment team.

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do?

The role of a Sterile Processing Technician is to prepare surgical instruments and devices. Sterile Processing Technicians can also be called different titles, such as central sterile supply technician, central processing technician, sterile preparation technician, and more. The job requires cleaning, testing, inspecting, sterilizing, storing, and delivering sterile instruments for surgery in healthcare settings.

The prevention of spreading infection and making sure all devices are free of diseases are the main goals of a Sterile Processing Technician. Their job requirements may also include noting sterilizer test results, verifying and documenting missing instruments, making sure devices work properly, maintaining and operating steam autoclaves, and communicating with personnel in the operating room.

Where Does A Sterile Processing Technician Work?

Sterile Processing Technicians work in hospitals, surgery centers, clinics, outpatient care centers, ambulatory services centers, dentists’ offices and other healthcare facilities.


High School Diploma or GED

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Course registration & payment

Training Materials Provided

Expert-led video based training

Textbook: Central Service Technician Manual

Competency assessments

National Certification exam fee



In 2020, the median annual salary for Sterile Processing Technicians (or medical equipment preparers) was $38,800, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 25% of earners in this field make over $48,000 each year, and the top 10% can make over $59,000 each year. The most successful industries Sterile Processing Technicians work in are outpatient care centers, specialty hospitals, and technical consulting services. 

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this Sterile Processing Technician program you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Knowing medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology
  • The importance of customer service, communication skills, and professionalism
  • Identifying central service workflows processes from cleaning, decontamination, preparation and packaging to sterilization and storage of surgical instruments and equipment
  • Describing the importance of manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU), infection control and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout central service areas and their impact on personnel and patient safety
  • Differentiating methods for quality control and assurance and the necessity of central service process documentation
  • Discussing compliance standards and the role of HIPAA, OSHA, CDC, FDA, ANSI, AAMI and other regulating agencies


Professionalism in Allied Health
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
Sterile Processing



$26,000 – $45,000

Central Service Technician
Sterile Processing Tech entering in data in computer for processing.

$26,000 – $45,000

Sterile Processing Technician
Sterile Processing Technician starting sterile machine.

$26,000 – $45,000

Central Sterile Supply Technician


Upon completion of this program, you’ll be eligible to take the provisional certification exam for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) sponsored by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA).



Certified Registered Central Service Technician

Full certification is obtained after acquiring 400 hours of hands-on sterile processing experience within six months of provisional certification. Hands-on experience provides an invaluable resource with which to better understand the standards, knowledge and practices needed to be successful in the field and on the CRCST exam.

PLEASE NOTE: Students residing in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania – these states require that Central Service Technicians become certified within a state-mandated period of time after employment (range from 1.5 – 3 years). This is NOT a barrier to enrollment for students but should be reviewed with a Workforce Training Specialist at time of enrollment.


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Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures


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Sterile processing is important because it prevents infections in healthcare settings. Handwashing, sterilization and disinfection of tools, instruments and equipment are necessary for the safety of the patient.

Sterilization technician positions can offer flexible working hours (from weekdays to nights and weekends). The exact shift requirements vary based on the type of facility. A hospital will most likely have evening and overnight shifts available. Since there are so many places to find work, you should be able to find the schedule that is the best fit for you.

The time it takes to become a Sterile Processing Technician is relatively short for a career in health care. You can earn a good salary, often with excellent benefits, without going into much educational debt. The medical field is growing very rapidly, so jobs will continue to be in demand.

Most Sterile Processing Technicians have a fair amount of autonomy, so you’ll need to be good at keeping yourself on track while completing tasks. Attention to detail is also critical for this career, as Sterile Processing Technicians must adhere to strict infection-control procedures to prevent potentially life-threatening consequences. Finally, you’ll need sufficient manual dexterity to handle sharp instruments and operate sterilization equipment, and the interpersonal skills to work well with others in an occasionally fast-paced environment.

Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for sterilizing and disinfecting all equipment as well as packaging tools used for medical procedures. The Surgical Technologist assists surgical teams while ensuring patient safety before, during and after surgery. They’re also responsible for preparing the operating room and the patient before and after surgery.

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