Iowa Western Community College

Sterile Processing Technician


For class schedule and to register, click on this link: Class Schedule/Registration

About the Program

The Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) role is essential to the successful operation of both inpatient and outpatient surgical facilities. 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 patients.

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. Students will be awarded 5 credits upon completion of this course.


Current immunizations required for registration. Flu vaccination, seasonal.

Cost $755

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

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education 2 Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Contact Rachel at [email protected] or (712) 325-3268 for more information!

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