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Central Sterile Processing Technician

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Program Overview

The Central Sterile Processing Technician is a valuable member of the health care team responsible to provide support to all patient care services in the health care facility. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery. Central sterile service technicians assume an important role in patient care by preventing infections. The central sterile supply department of a health care facility is the hub of all activity surrounding supplies and equipment needed for surgery, obstetrics and other patient care areas.

Central sterile processing technicians are trained in principles, methods and control of sterilization processes; and the cleaning, processing, packaging, distributing, storing and inventory control of sterile goods, instruments, trays and equipment. You will also keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients and inventory.

Course Description

The Central Sterile Processing program is designed to provide the knowledge and basic skills needed to work in a hospital, surgical center, or other facility that utilizes a central sterile supply department. The program includes such topics as: anatomy and physiology; microbiology and infection control; decontamination and sterilization processing; and how to handle, care for, and identify surgical instruments. Upon successful completion, the student will be eligible to sit for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution certification exam.

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.

Space is limited in each class so please register early.



Course 1

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Course 2

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

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Important Information

Important Information


  • Students must provide proof of high school diploma or GED. 
  • Medical Terminology is recommended but not required. 

Textbook and Educational Materials

  • No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course. (Unless otherwise advised in the course description).


  • Students should expect reading and assignments from each class. Plan on spending as much time on homework as you do in the classroom.

Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations

  • Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Room F323, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course.
  • College closings due to inclement weather are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (, on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations. 
  • Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form. Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester. Adjustments are not retroactive. Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process.


Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses. Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

Payment plans are available here.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

The current job market calls for Central Sterile Processing Technicians not just in hospitals, but also in surgical centers, endoscopy offices, dental offices, instrument manufacturers and even traveling temporary assignments.  The Connecticut Department of Labor projects a 13.7% increase in Medical Equipment Preparers' positions in Connecticut between 2010 and 2020.  Many area employers require certification by a national professional organization for employment.  This course will help prepare you for certification.

National certification exams are available and will be described in more detail in class.  For information about certification options and career opportunities, please check out these professional organizations.

The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD)

International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM)

What salary might I earn?

Annual salaries range from $25,000 to $45,000 in Connecticut.  The range in salaries will depend on the location of employment, the size and complexity of the department you are working in, previous health care experience, supervisory responsibilities, and shift.

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