Sterile Processing Technician

Play a critical role in preventing infection. Sterile Processing technicians perform and participate in decontamination, cleaning, assembling, packaging, scanning, sterilization, storage and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment. The central service department of a health care facility is the hub of all activity surrounding supplies and equipment needed for surgery and patient care.

Certification Opportunities

Provisional CRCST Certification - Upon completion of the program, students may sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam. Once you pass the international certification exam governed by Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA), you will receive a provisional certification. 400 hours of hands-on experience at an approved medical facility are required within 6 months of passing the exam to obtain CRCST status. Documentation of the completed hours of hands-on experience must be submitted to HSPA prior to the six-month expiration date for full certification. 

Key topics covered

  • Instrumentation— Knowledge of surgical instruments and specialty devices
  • Processing of Surgical Instrumentation— Decontamination, packaging and sterilization of surgical instrumentation
  • Processing of Moveable Patient Equipment—Processing, cleaning, testing, assembly and distribution of movable patient care equipment
  • Storage and Inventory— Storage, handling and distribution of sterile surgical instrumentation and devices, as well as inventory control and cost recovery systems
  • Medical Terminology— Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology
  • Prevention Processes — Infection prevention, decontamination, and disinfection processes

Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity

Learners who complete this program are eligible to participate and gain hands-on experience in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study. As learners progress through the program, an externship coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note: Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug screening, criminal background checks, etc., may be required by the externship facility.

Workforce Development Program Scholarships

Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and its donors are pleased to offer scholarships to students enrolling in select Workforce Development courses. To submit your scholarship application, follow the steps in this Workforce Development Program Scholarship Application Guide.

Information Session

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Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

Mondays & Wednesdays
Oct. 3 - Dec. 21, 2022
5:30 – 9 p.m.

(No class Nov. 23, 2022)

(Last class ends at 8:30 p.m.)

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.


 Course Hours: 80 Hours