Central Sterile Processing

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

Course Description

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

The CPT may also be involved in preparing and packaging specialized medical equipment for patient use in various areas of the facilities. Often Sterile Tech’s 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 also take equipment inventory; maintain accurate sterilization records, report repairs and monitor records. CPT’s 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.

National Exam

Following successful completion of the class the student 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 9.0*

*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.