Central Sterile Processing is the core department within a healthcare facility in which medical/surgical supplies and equipment, both sterile and non-sterile, are decontaminated, processed, sterilized, stored and used for patient care.
What Does a Central Sterile Processing Technician Do?
Central Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for many vital services within various healthcare facilities. Some responsibilities include:
- Decontamination procedures
- Preparation and packaging for sterilization
- Monitoring the process of steam, EtO, dry heat, and liquid chemical sterilization
- Maintaining product sterility through shelf-life/rotation
- Storage distribution, inspection and inventory control of supplies, instruments and equipment
Where do Central Sterile Technicians Work?
- Students are awarded a technical certificate upon successful completion of the curriculum.
- Professionally trained Central Sterile Processing Techniciand work in a variety of enviroments. Graduates can look forward to an exciting career working in a Hospital or Surgery Center, Outpatient Surgery Clinics, Veterinary Hospital and Dental Surgery Clinics.
How Do I Become a Central Sterile Processing Technician?
- The Central Sterile Processing Certificate Program is a course developed to acquaint entry -level aides and refresh existing technicians on the scope of scientific principles that underlie decontamination, processing, sterilization, distribution, and inventory control of instrumentation. This certificate of completion course will provide the knowledge of current regulations, techniques and trends to enable individuals to function with nationally based competencies in health care sterile supply processing and distribution areas, Upon completion of this course, graduate will be prepared to take the Certification for Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician’s exam as well as the certification exam offered through IAHCSMM.
Clinical Component will be during and after classroom instruction. 400 hours of training is required by IAHCSMM to be eligible to test for Certification. 200 hours is acquired in our fully functional Sterile Processing theatre and 200-400 hours at an externship site arranged by CCMCC. Assignments will be given no later than 30 days after the last day of the course. Students have 17 weeks from the last day of the didactic portion of the program to complete the externship.
Letter to from a greatful student.
I scheduled an appointment at CCMCC knowing that I wanted to enter the medical field, but never even heard of sterile processing or surgical technology. Luckily, Imelda was more than happy to not only show me the path that would be best for me but she also took me around the school and showed me the areas where I would soon conduct my studies. I started the sterile processing program as soon as I could.
Day one Noy and Mindi welcomed me in and gave me a home for the next few months. They were both always available and knowledgable of their field. I am truly impressed that there wasn’t a question they did not know immediately. Noy is such a patient, thoughtful role model and every day in the program she would encourage me to get a faster assembly time, or learn how to wrap a set more efficiently. Even after the program she keeps in contact and motivates me to further my education. Not only my direct instructor taught me, but the surgical technology instructors would stay after their program had ended and comment on the functionality of the instrumentation.
I’ve returned to CCMCC for the surgical technology program, and still after 2 years I walk in the facility receiving friendly greetings from all the staff. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that CCMCC has provided me.
Cory Reyburn, CRCST, CIS, future CST
Total Fees paid to Institution
Entrance Exam Fee: $10.00
Registration Fee: $75.00
STRF Fee: $0.00
Students are also responsible for the following fees NOT paid directly to Institution
Background Check and Drug Screen: $102.00
BLS American Heart Association for Health Care Providers: $85.00
Uniform / Shoes / Lab Coat: $115.00
2016 Sterile Processing Certification Program Class Schedules
2017 Day Program Schedule
Day program will meet Mon-Thurs from 9:00am-2:00pm for 15 weeks
*200 Externship hours to be arranged
Class begins Tue Jan 3rd – Wed Apr 19th
New 2017 Day & Evening class schedules coming soon! Please contact admissions to inquire about wait-list (925) 757-2900.