What Does a Sterile Processing Technician Do?

A Sterile Processing Technician is a vital member of the healthcare team contributing to the delivery of safe patient care by ensuring that all instruments and equipment are ready for patient use. Most often, the technician works in a special, centralized department within a medical institution.

Sterile Processing Technicians typically do the following:

  • Manually clean and decontaminate instruments and equipment prior to sterilization
  • Examine instruments and equipment for defects and report problems
  • Assemble instruments in trays and sets
  • Place instrument sets and trays in sterilizers; start and monitor sterilizers
  • Clean medical supplies after patient use
  • Ensure sterile supplies are within expiration date
  • Distribute medical and surgical instrumentation to various departments

The work may be physically demanding, as the Sterile Processing Technician may be on their feet for long periods or lift heavy trays of instruments and medical supplies. At times, they may be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant sights, odors, and/or materials.

The education and preparation for the Sterile Processing Technician enhances personal and professional growth which may lead to career advancement in other areas of the medical field.

This program provides individuals with education in Sterile Processing using the guidelines established by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution. The course is comprised of both clinical and classroom education, for a total of 50 hours over a 3-5 week period. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate of completion providing eligibility to sit for the Sterile Processing Technician certification examination.

2016 Class Dates Days Times Application Deadline
January 13 — February 5 Tues, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm—8:00 pm November 6, 2015
February 26 — March 18 Tues, Wed, Fri 9:00 am—2:00 pm December 11, 2015
May 11 — June 3 Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00 am—2:00 pm March 11, 2016
July 11 — August 1 Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00 am—2:00 pm May 13, 2016
*Class days and times are subject to change

Sterile Processing Application

Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the Admissions Office has received all required application materials. We will confirm receipt of your application. You may obtain an application and reference forms at the School of Nursing or by downloading them from here: Application Form  /  Reference Form.

Your application packet should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Official (sealed) high school transcript or equivalent.
  • Proof of United States Citizenship or Current Permanent Resident Card
  • 2 Professional References
  • Short Essay (up to 150 words) on why you would like to be in the program
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee

Applicants must provide an official high school graduation transcript or an official high school equivalency certificate such as the G.E.D. awarded through tests of General Educational Development. Records from secondary schools outside the United States must be accompanied by an original document of U.S. equivalency from an approved translating agency. Verification of dates and discharge status are required of applicants who have served in the military.

The Admissions Committee selects applicants for admission after thoroughly reviewing the applicant's file. The Faculty and Administration of the School reserve the right to refuse admission to an applicant if it is felt to be in the best interest of the School or the applicant.

Entry and acceptance into this program does not guarantee licensure or certification, nor does it guarantee employment. There may also be barriers to employment in the field such as certain criminal convictions, or a positive drug test.

Tuition and Fees

2016 Tuition and Fees

A $50.00 non-refundable application fee must be submitted with your application.
Drug Screen
$ 40.00
Background Check
$ 69.50 minimum
Health Requirements varies based upon individual health records

Students selected for admission must send a non-refundable tuition deposit of $150.00 within one week of the postmarked acceptance letter. This fee will be applied towards the tuition and will reserve your place in the class. Tuition balance is due prior to the start of class.

Tuition may be paid by major credit card, cash, money order or certified check.

Program fees are estimated. Tuition and fees may change as of July 1, 2016


Certification Board of Sterile Processing & Distribution

148 Main Street, Suite C-1 Lebanon, NJ 08833


State of Connecticut

Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education
61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2326

Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information. Gail Tucci at 203-384-3220