Central Sterile Processing

Central Sterile Processing Technology Diploma Program

This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

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What is Central Sterile Processing Technology?

Central Sterile Processing Technology is best described as the step-by-step practice of decontaminating medical devices, tools and instruments used in a healthcare setting. The Sterile Processing Department (SPD) is typically in charge of this work within a hospital or healthcare organization. Typically, the degree of cleaning and sterilization a tool or instrument undergoes is dependent on its use, function in surgery and construction material. There are a variety of steps that are part of the sterilization process including manual cleaning, use of ultrasonic cleansing, disinfection, decontamination and finally prep & pack.

What Career Options are Available in Central Sterile Processing Technology?

Central Sterile Processing is a fundamental and necessary part of any hospital or a healthcare organization that conducts surgical procedures such as surgery centers, dialysis facilities, outpatient care centers or dental offices. The primary job role within the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) is a Central Sterile Processing Technician (SPTs). SPTs' primary goal is to prevent the spread of infection by ensuring all products used in operations are properly cleaned and disease-free. They are involved in inspecting devices, tools and instruments and take steps to ensure these products are properly decontaminated for ongoing use in surgery. This work is both fast-paced and requires a great degree of attention to detail.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Ohio for Medical Equipment Preparers is expected to increase by 9% between 2016 and 2026.1

How do I Start a Central Sterile Processing Technology Program?

Sterile processing technicians are the unsung heroes of every surgery. They are perhaps the single most important defense against infections. To become a Central Sterile Processing Technician, one should be trained in the best practices and instruments used in the cleaning process. One of the best ways to gain this training is through a diploma program. The Stautzenberger Central Sterile Processing Technology program covers the three main phases of sterile processing: decontamination, preparation and packing, and sterilization. Our various classes include anatomy and physiology, allowing you to succeed not only in sterile processing, but also in other medical positions. Our program prepares you to take both the CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) exam and the IAHCSMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) exam to become a Central Sterile Processing Distribution Technician (CSPDT). Passing the exam could present you with more employment opportunities.

Why Choose Our College?

For 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. Over the years, we have kept pace with the needs of businesses to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach. At Rockford Career College, our goal is student success. Students gather in Rockford in a friendly, small-class environment that feels like home. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors all of whom have real-world experience in their field. Classes are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. During the last quarter of your program, you’ll even enter an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work. All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce. Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 10 months


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After you complete the Central Sterile Processing Technology Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree

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Students could learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process. Classes include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, surgical instrumentation, medical terminology, and inventory management.

Central sterile processing technicians disinfect, prepare, process, store, and issue both sterile and non-sterile supplies and equipment for patient care in healthcare settings.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Ohio for Medical Equipment Preparers is expected to increase by 9% between 2016 and 2026.1

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