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Central Sterile Processing Technician

Program Length:
650 hours (approximately 6 months – full time)

Delivery Method:
Traditional – 100% classroom based
Hybrid – Less than 50% of required instructional hours available via distance education (online)

Days & Times:
Monday – Friday  7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Course Content:

This program is designed to train and prepare students to work as sterile processing or central supply technicians in a hospital or surgical out-patient setting.  Students will be taught a variety of skills and competencies to effectively decontaminate, prepare, disinfect and sterilize instrument trays for surgical procedures.  Students will also learn the various methods of inventory control and how to manage the storage and distribution of sterile supplies and patient care equipment.

Central Sterile Processing Technicians are an essential part of the healthcare team and serve as key individuals in preventing infections and the spread of disease in hospitals and surgical centers.  A clinical externship is included in the program

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Blood Borne Diseases HIV/AIDS, HBV
  • Central Services Departmental Organization & Function
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Computer Literacy
  • CPR, BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Employability Skills
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • Laboratory Testing Procedures
  • Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  • Medical Errors
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology & Chemistry as Related to Central Service
  • Safety and Security Procedures
  • Sterile Supplies & Equipment (cleaning, packaging, distributing, storing, and Inventory)
  • Sterilization Principles & Processes
  • Surgical Instrumentation
  • Wellness & Disease Concepts

Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to Central Sterile Processing Technician, please e-mail the counselor at [email protected]

Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation on campus.  At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.

Industry Certification Exam & State Credential:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, students may articulate into the Surgical Technology program at Sheridan Technical College with advanced standing.

To get started in the Central Sterile Processing Technician program, sign up today for a program orientation!

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Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Medical Equipment Preparers is expected to grow about 12%* between 2015 and 2023.
  • Entry level wages are about $11/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity