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Sterile Processing Technician

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 511012
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Sterile Processing Technician three-term certificate program prepares students for work in entry-level positions in hospitals and other surgical settings. The sterile processing technician plays a vital role in maintaining the cleanliness, functionality, and inventory of health care instrumentation and equipment. They ensure that patients avoid infections through sterilizing instrumentation and equipment used in hospital procedures. 

Students will be introduced to microbiology and have an understanding of infection control, the principles and practices of sterile processing and decontamination procedures, and the ability to maintain inventory control in a healthcare setting. Successful completion of the program prepares students for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam.

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Entry Requirements

Sterile Processing Technician is a cohort-based program. Enrollment is limited. Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements (BT113 or WR115 or designated placement test score, CS120 or documented proficiency, MTH60 or MTH63 or designated placement test score, and RD90 or designated placement test score) before starting the program. Please visit for program application details.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to students admitted to the program during the 2017-18 academic year. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
BT113 Business English I or WR115 Introductory to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-4
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency
Note: Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or MTH63 Applied Algebra I or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-16

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title
First Term    
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
HE252 First Aid/CPR or HE112 Emergency First Aid and HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider
Note: Course completed on or after summer 2017 satisfies the requirement. American Heart Association (AHA) Certification must remain current for the duration of the program.
SPT101 Sterile Processing I 4
SPT123 Legal and Ethical Issues for Sterile Processing Technicians 2
Approved program elective(s) 0-4
Second Term
AH105 Communication and Professional Behavior 2
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
BI100SB Biology of Human Systems
Note: Students who have completed either BI121 and BI122 or BI231, BI232, and BI233 (the entire sequence of either series) with an equivalent “C” or better grade do not need to take BI100SB.
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
SPT102 Sterile Processing II 4
Third Term
SPT170 Sterile Processing Technician Practicum and Seminar 12
  Total Program Credits 37-42
Approved Program Electives (0-4 credits allowed - additional prerequisites may apply)
BI234 Microbiology w/lab 4
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CG155 Exploring Careers in Health Care 3
SP100 Basic Communication 3
SPAN101, SPAN102, SPAN103 First Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
SRV101 Service Learning 1
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2
For more information regarding the program and selection process, contact the Allied Health Occupations Department:

Grants Pass or Medford:  541-245-7845
Toll free in Oregon:  800-460-6766, Ext. 7845
email:  [email protected]
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