Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile Processing Technicians (central service technicians) play a vital role in the health and well-being of patients. These technicians help to prevent infections in health care setting by sterilizing, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing, and distributing medical supplies. Learn to provide effective infection control practices, quality control, and an introduction to the strict regulatory compliance and standards that affect the Central Sterile Processing department. Gain the foundational knowledge in aseptic technique, sterilization techniques, infection control requirements, and a basic knowledge of medical/surgical procedure and terminology.

Certification Opportunities

Provisional CRCST Certification—This class prepares qualified students to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam. Once you pass the international certification exam governed by Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA), you will receive a provisional certification. 400 hours of hands-on experience at an approved medical facility are required within 6 months of passing the exam to obtain CRCST status. Documentation of the completed hours of hands-on experience must be submitted to HSPA prior to the six-month expiration date for full certification. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Role of the sterile processing technician (central service technician) and Central Service terminology
  • Understand how to sterilize, clean, process, assemble, store, and distribute medical supplies
  • Knowledge of basic microbiology, human anatomy, and physiology
  • Ability to describe methods of sterilization
  • Evaluate infection control, decontamination, and terminal sterilization
  • Describe safety and legal aspects involved in the care of patients in a surgical environment
  • Identify and describe common surgical instruments
  • Importance of quality control and monitoring work areas as it relates to Central Service operations
  • Basic rules for medical center communications including the role of information technology and telecommunications

Workforce Development Program Scholarships

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and its donors are pleased to offer scholarships to students enrolling in select Workforce Development courses. To submit your scholarship application, follow the steps in this Workforce Development Program Scholarship Application Guide.

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Course Dates and Times

Date and TimesLocationCourse Cost/Fees

In Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,995 (Tuition: $1,695; Textbook: $300)
Mondays & Wednesdays

In Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,995 (Tuition: $1,695; Textbook: $300)

 Course Hours: 80 Hours