Sterile Processing

Central Sterile Processing
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Central Sterile Processing is the core department within a healthcare facility in which medical/surgical supplies and equipment, both sterile and non-sterile, are decontaminated, processed, sterilized, stored and used for patient care.

What Does a Central Sterile Processing Technician Do?

Central Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for many vital services within various healthcare facilities. Some responsibilities include:

  • Decontamination procedures
  • Preparation and packaging for sterilization
  • Monitoring the process of steam, EtO, dry heat, and liquid chemical sterilization
  • Maintaining product sterility through shelf-life/rotation
  • Storage distribution, inspection and inventory control of supplies, instruments and equipment
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Where do Central Sterile Technicians Work?

  • Students are awarded a technical certificate upon successful completion of the curriculum.
  • Professionally trained Central Sterile Processing Techniciand work in a variety of enviroments. Graduates can look forward to an exciting career working in a Hospital or Surgery Center, Outpatient Surgery Clinics, Veterinary Hospital and Dental Surgery Clinics.
  • PHYSICAL GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS: Students must be able to:

    1. STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects more than 50 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
    2. MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform motor skills such as standing, walking, writing, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing, typing; calibration of equipment; and handling instruments.
    3. COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment, eye-hand coordination such as keyboard skills; tasks which require arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, calibration of tools and equipment, and handling equipment.
    4. MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, and occasionally prolonged standing or sitting (up to twelve hours) in uncomfortable positions.
    5. VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, and medication labels.
    6. HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise and distinguish sounds.
    7. CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions.
    8. ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and exceeding 60 minutes in length.
    9. CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
    10. MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time.
    11. CRITICAL THINKING: Possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Apply theoretical concepts to clinical settings.
    12. INTERPERSONAL: Use interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
    13. COMMUNICATION: Communicate effectively for interaction with others in verbal, non-verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures and initiate health teaching.
    14. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Evidence of no current alcohol or drug abuse, or felony convictions related to alcohol or drug abuse.
    15. SEQUENCING: Remember and execute tasks and skills in a predetermined arrangement of succession, building upon consecutive steps.


    The sterile processing technician may be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment. You can expect to be exposed to blood, body tissues or fluids, electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, chemicals, and loud or unpleasant noises.

How Do I Become a Central Sterile Processing Technician?

  • The Central Sterile Processing Certificate Program is a course developed to acquaint entry -level aides and refresh existing technicians on the scope of scientific principles that underlie decontamination, processing, sterilization, distribution, and inventory control of instrumentation. This certificate of completion course will provide the knowledge of current regulations, techniques and trends to enable individuals to function with nationally based competencies in health care sterile supply processing and distribution areas, Upon completion of this course, graduate will be prepared to take the Certification for Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician’s exam as well as the certification exam offered through IAHCSMM.

Clinical Component will be during and after classroom instruction. 400 hours of training is required by IAHCSMM to be eligible to test for Certification. 200 hours is acquired in our fully functional Sterile Processing theatre and 200-400 hours at an externship site arranged by CCMCC. Assignments will be given no later than 30 days after the last day of the course.

Letter to from a greatful student.

I scheduled an appointment at CCMCC knowing that I wanted to enter the medical field, but never even heard of sterile processing or surgical technology. Luckily, Imelda was more than happy to not only show me the path that would be best for me but she also took me around the school and showed me the areas where I would soon conduct my studies. I started the sterile processing program as soon as I could.
Day one Noy and Mindi welcomed me in and gave me a home for the next few months. They were both always available and knowledgable of their field. I am truly impressed that there wasn’t a question they did not know immediately. Noy is such a patient, thoughtful role model and every day in the program she would encourage me to get a faster assembly time, or learn how to wrap a set more efficiently. Even after the program she keeps in contact and motivates me to further my education. Not only my direct instructor taught me, but the surgical technology instructors would stay after their program had ended and comment on the functionality of the instrumentation.
I’ve returned to CCMCC for the surgical technology program, and still after 2 years I walk in the facility receiving friendly greetings from all the staff. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that CCMCC has provided me.

With Gratitude,
Cory Reyburn, CRCST, CIS, future CST

Total Fees paid to Institution

Entrance Exam Fee: $10.00
Registration Fee: $75.00
Tuition: $3250.00
STRF Fee: $0.00
Books: $185.00

Students are also responsible for the following fees NOT paid directly to Institution

Background Check and Drug Screen: $102.00
BLS American Heart Association for Health Care Providers: $85.00
Uniform / Shoes / Lab Coat: $115.00

There is a 200-400 hour externship following successful completion of the didactic portion of the course.

2018 Program Schedules

Day program will meet Mon-Thurs from 9:00am-2:00pm for 20 weeks plus *200 Externship hours to be arranged
– Mon Feb 5, 2018 – Tue Jun 26, 2018
– Mon Jul 2, 2018 – Wed Nov 21, 2018
– Mon Nov 26, 2018 – Wed Apr 24, 2019

Evening program will meet Mon-Thurs from 5pm-10pm for 20 weeks plus *200 Externship hours to be arranged
– Mon Nov 27, 2017 – Mon Apr 23, 2018
– Mon Apr 30, 2018 – Wed Sep 19, 2018
– Mon Sep 24, 2018 – Mon Feb 25, 2019

Please contact admissions to learn more at (925)757-2900.

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There is a 200-400 hour externship following successful completion of the didactic portion of the course.
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