Sterile Processing Technician SPT.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 17 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Surgical Technology

To become a specialist in surgical instrumentation and sterilization practices to ensure all patients receive quality surgical care.

What is "Sterile Processing Technician"?

The Sterile Processing short-term certificate program will prepare the graduate to work within a health-care facility to ensure medical and surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment are properly cleaned, prepared, processed, stored, and distributed for patient care and surgical use. Knowledge of basic human anatomy, medical terminology, and a combination of sterilization, inventory control, and information technologies are integrated into the curriculum to ensure a safe outcome for all patients. This program combines both lecture, lab, and a practicum to prepare the Sterile Processing Technician student to take the CRCST Exam upon graduation and upon completion of 400 work related hours in a Sterile Processing Department. Minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. The following SUT courses required for this short-term certificate will only be available at the Courseview Campus: SUT 1100, SUT 1200 and SUT 1207.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors of caring, accountability, responsibility, and respect for the quality of care of patient's.
  • Utilize critical thinking as a basis for clinical judgment and anticipatory decision making when managing all tasks related to sterile processing.
  • 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.


  • Restricted to Majors
  • Overall GPA of 2.0


Students are eligible to take the CRCST Exam upon graduation and upon completion of 400 work related hours in a Sterile Processing Department.

Additional Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: View the Gainful Employment Information


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
BIO 1107 Human Biology 3
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
SUT 1100 Sterile Processing I 4
SUT 1200 Sterile Processing II 3
SUT 1207 Directed Practice for Sterile Processing II 3
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