Central Sterile Processing Technician

Certificate Program    Approved for WIOA and VA funding.

What is a Central Sterile Processing Technician?

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.

What would I learn?

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.  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 a national certification exam.

Some students decide to take the next step in preparing for a career as a Central Sterile Processing Technician with a Professional Practice Experience.  This optional course will help you transition the knowledge learned in the classroom to the clinical work site through hands-on experiences in instrument preparation, decontamination, sterile storage and sterilization; all under the supervision of expert professional staff members who will help you build your confidence.

Prerequisites

  • Students must provide proof of high school diploma or GED.
  • Medical Terminology is recommended but not required.
  • Basic Math for Healthcare is another Free offering that may support your success but is not required.

Textbook and Instructional Supplies

  •  The textbook is included in the cost of the course and will be provided at the first class session.
  • Students should be prepared to take notes in class.

Homework

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

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.

Registration Information:

Non-credit Lifelong Learning Registration at 203-575-8029 or nc@nv.edu 

Space is limited in each class so please register early.

A payment plan is available.



How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:
Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room F323
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Campus

Walk In:

190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Sharon Lutkus
203-596-2197 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K404
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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