Sterile Processing Certificate

About the Program

In just one semester you can be on your way to working as a certified Sterile Processing Technician. If you are well-organized, pay close attention to detail, and have an interest in healthcare, this might be a great career for you.


In this program you will gain valuable hands-on experience and acquire fundamental knowledge of surgical instruments, quality control processes in cleaning and safety, sterilization techniques, and the critical role played by Sterile Processing Technicians in surgical procedures.


Sterile Processing Technicians work to ensure that all medical instruments in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are clean, sterile, and safe to use. Technicians use machines and follow strict procedures to clean and sterilize the equipment, and then examine instruments for defects, prepare instrument trays, and distribute sterile supplies to the medical professionals who use them.

Career Information

The Sterile Processing Certificate program of study is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of this four-month certificate. The certificate program prepares students for careers as Sterile Processing Technicians. Graduates of this program are eligible to write the Surgical Instrument Specialist Certification Exam (CSIS) and the Technician Certification Exam (CSPTD).

Salary Information

Experienced: $40,000

* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa

* This is a Gainful Employment Program.
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Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 1 Semester
Award: Certificate
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus