Central Sterile Processing

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

Course Description

This 96 hour class will introduce students to the primary responsibilities of a central sterile technician. The central sterile processing technician plays an essential role in patient safety and infection control. The course will include practical application of concepts and procedures. Topics will include preparation, storage, distribution of instruments, supplies and equipment, quality assurance and inventory management.

National Exam

Upon successful completion of the Central Sterile Processing course, students will be eligible to take the Sterile Processing Technician National Exam through NCCA.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • TABE Reading Score of 12.0*
  • TABE Math Score of 12.0*

*TABE Testing

TABE placement testing is available in the Academic Studies Center, Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, Room 200. Hours are Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. A picture ID is required to test. No appointment is needed. Testing is free of charge.

Registration & Payment

Upon receiving TABE qualifying scores, students will be eligible for enrollment and may report to the registration window in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building to complete a registration form, and pay the registration fee of $180.00 plus $1.00 insurance fee. Payment may be made by cash, check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover. Thank you for including your driver’s license number on checks.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is available on a limited basis for students who qualify. These funds may assist with registration fees, books, and required supplies. To apply, visit the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, Room 109 or call (910) 938-6309.

Career growth

This career has grown by 3% over the last 2 years, and is expected to grow by 19% over the next 10 years.

For more information,

please contact Jan Thompson at thompsonj@coastalcarolina.edu.