Sterile Processing Technician

Prepare for an entry-level position in medical device cleansing, inspection and distribution.

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.



Sterile Processing Technician scrubbing utensils

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Program Information


Prepare for an entry-level position as a sterile processing technician, also known as central sterile technicians! These specialized healthcare professionals decontaminate, sterilize, inspect and assemble reusable surgical instruments and healthcare devices. Topics include infection control, sterilization and packaging of surgical equipment, record keeping and compliance, quality control practices, inventory management and knowledge related to each specific medical instrument/device. Program requires  classroom knowledge plus 400 hours of documented clinical experience in various competency areas. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST) credential exam offered by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA).

Contact Hours: 550

Admissions Requirements
  • Documentation of GED or High School Diploma.
  • At least 18 years of age on the first day of class.
  • Acceptable background check and drug screen prior to clinical. Proof of immunizations and physical exam may be required depending on clinical site.
  • Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
  • Complete a CASAS reading assessment.
  • Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.

Employment Outlook for Sterile Processing Technicians

Graduates who have achieved certification upon completion of this program have found employment in hospitals and surgery centers. Top employers in our community who visit our program to meet students, partner on clinical rotations, and employ our graduates include:

  • UVA Health
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

In Central Virginia, employment of sterile processing technicians is growing.

Earning Potential for Sterile Processing Technicians

The median wage for sterile processing technicians in our region is $29,304 per year (full-time salaried with benefits). - Virginia Office of Education Economics, 2022

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Complete the Workforce Services Student Questionnaire.

Register for and attend a Funding Information Session.

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