Sterile Processing Technician Training

Earn a Sterile Processing Technician training professional certification in as little as 4 months. As a student in Ashworth College's Sterile Processing Technician training, you'll learn about the duties of the sterile processing technician, aseptic procedures, HIPAA regulations and proper decontamination, sterilization and packaging techniques. This course will also help to prepare you for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam. Ashworth College will cover the cost of the CRCST exam for all students who qualify.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Building Blocks of Sterile Processing

Medical Terminology  

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

Principles of Aseptic Technique  

Aseptic technique defined; the reasoning for aseptic technique; clinical settings where aseptic technique is used; essential preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative aseptic practices and procedures; aseptic nontouch technique; definition of a clean technique; recommended technique for commonly performed procedures.

Bloodborne Pathogens and HIPAA Regulations  

Definition of bloodborne pathogens; common bloodborne pathogens; exposure accidents in the healthcare setting; exposure control plan; universal precautions in the healthcare setting; HIPAA privacy and security rules and their implications in the sterile processing setting; difference between privacy and security; types of protected health information within the medical field.

Lesson Group 3: Sterile Processing Technology, Part 1

Introduction to Sterile Processing  

Introduction to the concepts, processes, skills, responsibilities, and standards requirements of sterile processing; review of basic anatomy, physiology, concepts of microbiology and microorganisms types related to the duties of sterile processing technicians.

Regulations and Infection Prevention 

Industry regulations and established practices used for central sterile processing; federal agencies and professional organizations; principles of asepsis; personal hygiene and attire; managing the spread of bacteria; elements of transmission and the chain of infection.

Decontamination, Disinfection, and Surgical Instruments  

Decontamination practices for point-of-use preparation and equipment transport; cleaning, decontamination, and disinfection practices for common instrumentation and equipment; equipment and tools used for the decontamination process; identification of standard and complex surgical instruments.

Lesson Group 4: Quality Assurance, Inventory Management, and Roles of Central Service and IT

Sterilization Practices  

Assembly and packaging guidelines and procedures; point-of-use processing standards and recommended practices; high-temperature sterilization procedures; types of steam sterilizers used; low-temperature sterilization requirements; sterile storage and transportation guidelines.

Quality Assurance, Inventory Management, and Roles of Central Service 

Monitoring and recordkeeping practices; established quality assurance practices for sterile processing operations; importance of inventory management; common inventory replenishment systems; the role of the central service department in supporting ancillary departments; management of patient care equipment; the use of information management systems in central service departments.

Safety and Risk Management, Communication, and Personal and Professional Development 

Workplace safety and disaster preparedness; essentials of workplace communication, human relations, diversity, team collaboration, and customer service skills; importance of personal and professional development.

Lesson Group 5: Workplace Skills and Technology

Essential Workplace Technologies  

Review of common workplace technology related to computing and communication, such as common operating systems, software applications for word processing, and spreadsheets, as well as mobile communication tools.

Workplace Writing and Communications  

Professionalism and workplace etiquette; phone skills; writing emails and texts; writing and formatting reports.

Basic Math Concepts for Technicians  

Review of standard calculations and solving simple equations encountered in entry-level technical positions. Measurement systems and conversion concepts related to temperature and volume, English and Metric systems, and converting within and between systems.

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Why choose Ashworth College career school for your Sterile Processing Technician Training?

  • Your Sterile Processing online training was recently revised and features the most up-to-date information regarding standards and regulations, sterilization and endoscopes, monitoring and recordkeeping, and personal and professional development—crucial information that helps to ensure accuracy and compliance within the sterile processing department and helps prepare you for your certification exam.
  • Your Sterile Processing Course helps prepare you to take the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam.
  • With over 23,000 members, IAHCSMM is the premier association representing healthcare central service professionals worldwide. (Source:
  • Ashworth College is one of the most affordable sterile processing technician schools in the nation.
  • Convenient online courses allow you to complete your studies at your own pace.
  • You can take all exams and submit all assessments online – exams are auto-graded for instant feedback.
  • Your online Sterile Processing training includes virtual field trips using Internet resources to reinforce advanced concepts, provide multimedia presentations, and to help develop your skills for research and professional growth.

Sterile Processing Certification

Ashworth College's Sterile Processing program provides you with a valuable opportunity for professional Sterile Processing certification. Our course prepares you for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam, offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM).

Why choose IAHCSMM for your Sterile Processing Technician certification?

  • For more than 50 years, the IAHCSMM has been committed to providing healthcare professionals around the world with the tools needed to stay up-to-date on the latest standards, best practices, and technological advancements influencing the sterile processing profession. (Source:
  • The IAHCSMM CRCST Certification is accredited by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • Sterile Processing Certification warrants that sterile processing professionals have the experience, understanding, and abilities necessary for working in sterile processing departments.

Certification Requirements

The CRCST certification requires that you pass the sterile processing certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands-on experience in a sterile processing department. These hours can be completed before testing or within 6 months of passing the exam. For more information, please visit the IAHCSMM website.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Our Sterile Processing Technician Training Course

As part of Ashworth College's Sterile Processing Technician training online, you'll learn about medical terminology, precautionary measures taken to control the spread of bloodborne pathogens, HIPAA rules and regulations, and the principles of aseptic technique. You'll also learn about the duties of the sterile processing professional, industry regulations and standards, surgical instruments, and decontamination, sterilization and workplace safety procedures.

Employers are looking for sterile processing technicians who can do the following:

  • Properly decontaminate, assemble, and sterilize instruments and supplies
  • Assemble instrument sets and trays
  • Work well with other healthcare professionals
  • Maintain confidentiality of information
  • Provide inventory and supply support
  • Have an industry recognized certification like the CRCST

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Your Sterile Processing Technician Training Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive sterile processing course textbook and learning guides
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Instructional and tutorial support from our experienced faculty
  • Membership in Ashworth College's online student community
  • Interactive student portal that can be accessed anytime and anywhere from your phone, tablet, or computer
  • Job resources and personalized sterile processing career guidance from our dedicated Career Services team
  • Preparation for the CRCST certification exam (IAHCSMM) and Ashworth will cover the cost of the exam for students who apply.

What certification is available for the Sterile Processing Diploma Program?

The Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) credential from the IAHCSMM can you give you a competitive advantage in your field, as it is nationally recognized by many employers and may possibly help open the door for more job opportunities, higher pay, and job security.

Will I obtain my certification once I complete Ashworth College's Sterile Processing program?

Ashworth College's Sterile Processing training gives you the tools needed to sit for the IAHCSMM's CRCST Certification exam. You'll obtain certification once you pass the certification exam, complete the necessary hands-on training hours, and meet all other state-specific requirements, if any.

Is this sterile processing tech training all online or do I get books?

Students can access the lesson materials online, but also receive printed learning guides. The textbook is shipped to students at the required point in their training program.

Our Sterile Processing Technician training course can help you get ahead quick in a field that's high in demand. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.