Sterile Processing Technician Training
Our online Sterile Processing Technician Training Program can help students prepare to become vital members of any hospital central services team. Medical facilities of all shapes and sizes seek sterile processing technicians with skill sets that include approved practices for decontamination and sterilization of medical supplies and equipment, the proper ways to transport equipment, identifying common pathogens found in the medical setting, and more. Sterile processing job skills are essential to the maintenance, storage, distribution, and sterilization of medical instruments.
The Ashworth College Sterile Processing Career Diploma Program preps aspiring technicians for the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam with five lesson groups that cover subjects like medical terminology, aseptic technique, bloodborne pathogens, patient privacy, quality assurance, and professional development.
Online Sterile Processing Curriculum
Our Sterile Processing Technician Program is designed to help you prepare to build the skills necessary to begin a rewarding, in-demand career in healthcare. Through self-paced, online classes, you’ll learn the essentials of sterile processing and aseptic technique and prepare for industry certification. Your classes include:
- Building Blocks of Sterile Processing
- Sterile Processing Technology
Our Sterile Processing Technician Certification Program prep includes the cost of the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam*. Certification validates your skills and identifies you as credible and qualified.
What you get
- HSPA Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam (a $125 value)**
- Textbook: Central Service Technical Manual
- Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
- Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
- ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
- An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads
Sterile processing job opportunities
As demand increases for medical exams, tests, and procedures, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that sterile processing technicians will see increased demand, with a job growth rate of 7% over the next decade.1
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Sterile Processing Technician FAQ
Whether you’re new to online education or you have taken online classes before, you may still have questions about how Ashworth’s online career diplomas work. Here’s what you need to know.
Our online Sterile Processing Technician Training Program is designed with job readiness in mind, covering the real-world principles and processes that professionals use in many medical settings. Whether you are just starting out or want to enhance your knowledge in the healthcare field, taking an online sterile processing course like ours—that includes the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association Certified Registered Central Service Technician Certification exam— can help you pave the way toward a rewarding healthcare career.
Yes, Ashworth College students and graduates have access to the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth College Central Network throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!
All of our programs are entirely self-paced, so you can take the time you need to truly understand and process what you’re learning. While many students can and do finish the program within a matter of months, we allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to complete your program.
Sterile processing technicians work to ensure that all medical equipment is properly sterilized and ready for use. They also clean, process, assemble, distribute, and store medical equipment and supplies used in a variety of procedures and day-to-day medical processes.
The average salary for sterile processing technicians was $48,530 per year in 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest paid technicians worked in outpatient care centers and earned an average salary of $56,470 per year while the lowest paid worked in dentist’s offices and earned $48,070 per year. Salary for any job can vary based on where you live, your experience, your level of education, and other factors.
It depends! Many states don’t require sterile processing techs to be certified in order to work in the field, while some do. It’s best to check on the requirements for your state before applying to jobs. However, with Ashworth’s Sterile Processing Tech Program, you’ll be prepared to sit for certification, which can help you stand out from other job applicants even in states that don’t yet require it.
Sterile Processing technician training is valuable for developing skills in the medical field. Explore similar studies or continue your education with another course in our range of affordable, flexible, and accredited career programs in healthcare.
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.
Ashworth College is unable to determine whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements or certification in: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.