Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile processing technicians ensure that medical instruments and equipments are sterile. They also maintain the supplies in the inventory looking after sterilization and storage of the tools required during the surgery. SPTs can work in various departments including hospitals, laboratories, and clinics.

Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile processing technicians (SPT) play a critical role in keeping patients healthy by ensuring medical equipment and surgical instruments are sterile. Their work helps patients avoid infections while receiving treatment. They also maintain the functionality and inventory of healthcare and surgical equipment. As a sterile processing technician, you are responsible for sterilizing instrumentation and equipment through a series of critical steps. You will have a strong understanding of microbiology, infection control, principles and practices of sterile processing and decontamination procedures. The principles of sterile technique help control and prevent infection, prevent the transmission of all microorganisms in a given area and maintain sterility.

The sterile processing technicians can work in a sterile processing department and central service department in a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, dental or eye care practices, plastic surgery offices, surgery centers and laboratories. The program curriculum consists of medical terminology; anatomy, physiology and microbiology. Students are familiarized with basic knowledge of surgical instruments, sterile processing techniques, aseptic techniques and sterile site management. After successfully completing the program, students will be awarded with the Certificate of Completion from our College approved by the State.

Sterile Processing Technician Program Objectives

Students will acquire the knowledge & skills in regards to:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Sterile
  • Processing Technician
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Disinfection processes
  • Processing patient care equipment
  • Sterilization
  • Preparation and Packaging of Instruments and Devices
  • Types of Surgical Instruments and Specialty Devices
  • Inventory Control, Sterile Storage and Distribution

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Program Completion:

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those students who will successfully complete all required courses as per college’s Satisfactory Academic Requirements and fulfill their financial obligation towards the college.

Graduates will be eligible to become a “Certified Sterile Processing Tech” through CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants may enroll on any school day. At the time of enrollment the applicant will be informed of the next start date. Applicants are accepted on the basis of personal interview, testing, and suitability for the required training program. A high school diploma, General Education Diploma, or High School Proficiency are not required for entrance into a program; however, obtaining one is strongly encouraged. Title IV recipients must have a high school diploma or GED. An applicant must be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in California.

  • Applicants must complete an application for admission
  • Applicants should schedule an appointment for an application interview
  • Applicants must complete a nationally recognized basic skills assessment or have a High School diploma
  • Applicants must complete and sign an enrollment agreement

Entrance Assessment:

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or GED must take a nationally recognized entrance assessment, which may include the following: ‘Wonderlic Quantitative Skills’, ‘Wonderlic Basic Skills’, and ‘Wonderlic Personnel’. A minimum score of 200 Verbal and 210 Quantitative must be achieved to enroll in any program. An applicant should consult with a school advisor to be appropriately placed in a program. Title IV recipients must have a high school diploma or GED.


Stellar Career College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, telephone 703-247-4212. ACCSC is a US Department of Education approved accrediting Agency.

IBHE Approval

Stellar Career College, Chicago, Illinois location is approved by the “Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education”. For more information on IBHE approval, you may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Private Business and Vocational Schools at 1 N. Old State Capital Plaza Suite 333 Springfield, IL 62701-1404 phone number (217) 782-2551 or

Program Highlights:

Course Duration
8 to 10 months
Clock Hours

Program Format:

The College will offer this program in on-ground format as well as in hybrid format in which students can take up to 45% of the courses using online delivery method.

Program Curriculum:

STR 101 Medical Terminology

STR 102 Anatomy and Physiology

STR 103 Sterile Processing Technology I

STR 104 Sterile Processing I Lab

STR 105 Sterile Processing Instrumentation I

STR 106 Sterile Processing Technology II

STR 107 Sterile Processing II Lab

STR 108 Sterile Processing Instrumentation II

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