Sterile Processing Pathway

 

Advance your career in the medical field by becoming a Sterile Processing Technician! Sterile Processing is the management of the entire process of decontamination, assembly, packing, sterilizing and distribution of medical instruments and devices. Properly trained Sterile Processing Technicians are vital in all healthcare settings.

The Education Fund is offering the Sterile Processing Technician Program through Martinson College to eligible members located throughout California, and Altamont Healthcare for members located in the Bakersfield and Stockton areas. These programs provide training in Introduction to Sterile Processing & Health Services, Decontamination and Surgical Tray Assembly, Sterilization & Storage, Exam Application, Preparation and Course Review.

All tuition/fees for the course will be paid for by the Education Fund. Two certificates are available: Certified Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician (CSPDT) in all regions, and Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) in Southern California. Participants in Southern California will have an externship (400-hour externship/clinical training is not included in the 16-week duration).

How Can Becoming a Sterile Processing Tech Advance Your Career?

 

  • Grow into more advanced positions by obtaining additional formal training and relevant credentials.
  • Advance into supervisory positions such as Lead Technician or Department Manager.
  • Some sterile processing techs go on to train for careers as Surgical Technologists.
  • Provides an excellent gateway to other healthcare careers.

Application

To be eligible to apply for the Pathway, a candidate must:

* To improve your skills, classes are available through the Education Fund! Learn more.

Program Locations & Dates

Find your region below and click to expand and find out about start dates, program length and more:

Northern California

Provider: Altamont Healthcare

CSPDT Certification Exam Eligibility

Program length: 5-10 weeks depending on the schedule of your choice.

Program Start Dates: Program will be offered in 2022. Check back for dates.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

 

Provider: Martinson Career College

CSPDT Certification Exam Eligibility

Program length: 16 weeks

Program Start Dates: September 27, 2021

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

 

 

Provider: SVSTI

CSPDT Certification Exam Eligibility

Program length: 12 weeks

Program Start Dates: January 8, 2022

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Southern California

Provider: Martinson Career College

CSPDT and CRCST Certification Exam Eligibility*

Program length: 16 weeks

Program Start Dates: September 27, 2021

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

* Externship placement for CRCST available in Southern California only

Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

Provider: Portland Community College

Sterile Processing Technician Certificate

Program Length: 42 hours

Program Start Dates: January 10, 2022 – March 27, 2022

Prerequisites: None

Nevada

Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Sterile Processing Technology/Technician Certification

Program Length: 9 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Prerequisite: None

Denver

Provider: Pima Medical Institute

Sterile Processing Technician Certificate

Hours: 900

Program Start Date: October 30, 2021

Prerequisites: None

Get Started

If you’re interested, feel like you might be a good fit and are ready to get started, please schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

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