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 Program

Sterile processing technicians are an essential part of healthcare institutions. They are also known as central processing techs, instrument techs, or medical equipment preparers.

Sterile Processing Technician Job Duties

They clean surgical equipment and supplies as well as operate, clean, and maintain sterilizing machines. They also stock surgical tools and help to organize equipment before surgeries. They keep a check on the records of surgical procedures. They play a crucial role in inspecting the suppliers by making sure they are up-to-date and useable.

Educational Requirements of Sterile Processing Technician

It is essential to have a high school diploma or GED. Some places will hire you and give you on-job training where no certification is required. But, mostly, certification is preferred as it can increase your job prospects and income

How to become certified SP Tech?

You can become certified by enrolling in the sterile processing technicians program offered by the Stellar Career College in Modesto, California. You’ll get hands-on training and prepare for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution’s (CBSPD) Sterile Processing (SPD) certification exam. You can then appear in the exam and will be certified once you pass it.

Advantages To Become a SP Tech

  • If you don’t like interacting with patients directly or you are an introvert, then this is the perfect job for you as you are not actually involved with the patients but just work on the surgical instruments.
  • It is a fast pace job as your shift will go by quickly.
  • You will always have room for advancement as you can get upper-level jobs related to management, operating room tech, and, nursing.

Disadvantages To Become a SP Tech

  • There is a lot of physical exertion as you might be asked to push heavy carts or pick up heavy surgical tools.
  • Being a sterile processing tech the names of all the surgical instruments should be on your fingertips.
  • You might be exposed to patients’ blood while cleaning up after surgery.

Sterile Processing Technician Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sterile processing technicians earn an average salary of $33,850 per year and an hourly wage of $16.28 per hour. The salary can vary as per your experience, the state in which you live and, the industry in which you work

Industries with the highest level of employment

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Offices of physicians

Top paying industries

  • Management of Co. & Enterprises: $48,240
  • Architectural & Engineering services: $38,740
  • Federal Government: $38,230

Top paying states

  • California
  • Alaska
  • District of Columbia

As by now, you are well aware of this field in medicine, it is time to make the right choice and excel as a sterile processing technician.

Entry Requirement:

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. If a student is from another country, no Visa services are provided. The institution will not vouch for student status or any associated charges. The student shall demonstrate English proficiency by providing a United States High School Diploma or by achieving a score of 200 Verbal on the “Wonderlic Basic Skills” assessment. Stellar Career College has the sole discretion and right to accept and enroll students into a program.

Additional requirements for MRI, Radiology, DMS, NICVS, and Surgical Programs:

Applicants who don’t have at least 30 college credits will have to take and pass a free placement test of Stellar Career College to qualify for the admission into MRI, Radiology, DMS, NICVS, or Surgical program. Placement test can be taken online or at the College campus by appointment.

  • Applicants must complete an application for admission
  • Applicants should schedule an appointment for an application interview
  • Applicants must have a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Applicants must complete and sign an enrollment agreement


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
10 months
Clock Hours
Study Method
On-Campus & Online Classes.

Program Completion:

Graduates who will pass all courses included in the program as per college’s Satisfactory Academic Requirements and fulfill their financial obligation towards the college will receive a diploma. Graduates may be eligible to challenge national certification exam to become certified by passing the credentialing examination provided they meet all additional requirements of the credentialing agency including but not limited to the background check requirements.

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