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Certificate - Sterile Processing Technician

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Overview

Sterile processing technicians work behind the scenes in healthcare settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and physicians’ offices to ensure instruments and equipment are properly cleaned, handled, sterilized and safe for patients. This program trains individuals to become sterile processing technicians and prepares you for sterile processing technician certification. 

Occupational Requirements

There are no licensing or certification requirements for sterile processing technicians in Maryland; however, most employers prefer certification. To receive Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), students must pass the CRCST certification exam and complete 400 hours of work experience in a central supply department within 6 months of taking the exam. Most employers require 18 years of age or older. 

Information Unique to the Training

Sterile Processing Technician Training Fundamentals has both a lecture and interactive lab component in the classroom where students will receive hands-on experience with instruments and wrapping techniques. This course prepares students for the CRCST certification exam. Students must then complete 400 hours of work experience to apply for CRCST certification. Applicants must either validate successful completion of a college reading course (C or above) or pass the college’s Reading Accuplacer test prior to registering for this training. Offered in partnership with Frederick Community College.

Courses to Complete

  • Prerequisites
    AHE-315 BLS Provider or current AHA-BLS Provider CPR card
  • Core Courses
    AHE-316 Foundations for Healthcare Careers
    AHE-299 Sterile Processing Technician Training Fundamentals

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Approximate Number of Hours

96 hours (excluding prerequisites) 

Approximate Training Costs*

$1,374  (excluding perquisites)

Licensure/Certification Earned

Successful completion of AHE-299 prepares students to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Students must then complete 400 hours of work experience to apply for CRCST certification. 

Estimated Hourly Wages**

$18/hr.


*Unless noted, cost does not include applicable license fees, background check fees, or testing fees
**Wages are based on data from the O*NET Resource Center.

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