Sterile Processing Technician

About the Program

Learn the proper techniques to clean and sterilize medical instruments and to understand microbiology and infection control methods. Students learn the proper names and categories of medical instruments and how to properly transfer and store instruments to keep them contaminant free. After successful completion of this program and documented work hours, students will be eligible to take the exams for National Certification as a Sterile Processing Technician.

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  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Vaccination documentation (prior to class). Print and complete the Immunization Form. Your healthcare provider must complete and sign the required immunizations section. Email completed form to
  • Background check set up by IWCC (as class begins).
  • Drug screen set up by IWCC (as class begins).

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Cost $755

Includes textbook and workbook. The fee for the National Exam is not included.  

Career Information

The main duty of a Sterile Processing Technician is to insure that instruments used by medical personnel are contaminant-free. These medical professionals carry out duties that include reprocessing various surgical instruments and equipment. During the reprocessing phase SPTs decontaminate, package, and sterilize
items. Upon sterilization, these technicians proceed to stock and track sterile items. As healthcare continues
to evolve, so does the demand for highly trained professionals. Sterile Processing Technicians are a critical
component in the team of professionals ensuring the safety of all surgical patents.