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Sterile Processing Technician

2020-21 Sterile Processing Technician (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Sterile Processing Technician program are:

Demonstrate basic technical skills in managing the process for surgical instrumentation sterilization, inventory control and supply chain management, and information technology as it relates to the sterile processing environment.

Work independently in a team of sterile processing technicians to collaborate in maintaining sterilization and storage.

Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.

Maintain industry standards of quality control and safety principles in the workplace.

Uphold legal and ethical standards and adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care community environment as defined by HIPAA.

Entry Requirements

This is a competitive-entry, cohort-based program because of limited clinical space as well as the delicate balance of job opportunities in this field. Enrollment is limited.

Students are required to complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements (BT113 or WR115 or designated placement test score, CIS120 or documented proficiency, and MTH60 or MTH63 or designated placement test score) before starting the program. Students must complete specific health and immunization requirements and a background check prior to starting the program, and a drug screen prior to starting practicum experience. This screening process has an associated fee. 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 current 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
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or designated placement score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-10

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 1
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 2 3
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 3 (0-4 credits allowed)
BI234 Microbiology w/lab 4
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CG155 Exploring Careers in Health Care 3
COMM100 Basic Communication 3
SPAN101, SPAN102, SPAN103 First Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
SRV101 Service Learning 1
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2

1 American Heart Association (AHA) Certification must remain current for the duration of the program.

2 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.

3 Additional prerequisites may apply.

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
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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