Central Sterile Processing Technician

The major tasks of the Central Sterile Processing Technician (CSPT) role are to process and sterilize equipment and supplies from the operating suites and nursing units of the hospital.  These medical professionals are specially trained in the proper care, cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization of all surgical instrumentation.

The CSPT may also be involved in preparing and packaging specialized medical equipment for patient use in various areas of the facility. Often, the CSPT will operate and service advanced decontamination and disinfecting apparatus such as ultrasonic washers, steam autoclaves, liquid based washer/disinfectors, and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization systems.

Technicians take equipment inventory, maintain accurate sterilization records, report repairs, and monitor records.  CSPTs follow strict aseptic protocols to ensure that they maintain a clean and safe environment.  They play an essential role in patient safety and infection control.

Following successful completion of the class, the student will be eligible to take the CSPDT national exam through the NCCA.

Class Schedule

We offer the Central Sterile Processing Technician class in the spring, summer and fall semesters.  Please see the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for details on upcoming classes.

Requirements for Registration

  • High school (diploma or equivalent)
  • Placement test required (college transcript will be accepted in lieu of placement test)

Registration Costs and Additional Fees

  • Registration: $180 plus $1 insurance fee
  • Textbook, workbook and study guide required: Please contact The College Store for details
  • CSPDT Certification exam: $125

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is available for students who qualify.  These funds may assist with registration fees, books, required supplies, and national/state exams.

For more information, see the Continuing Education Financial Assistance page.