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Sterile Processing technician certification

A sterile processing technician program can prepare students to become a vital member 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. A sterile processing education focused on job skills essential to the maintenance, storage, distribution, and sterilization of medical instruments should lead to certification, and certification can enable a sterile processing technician to command higher wages from employers.

The Ashworth College Sterile Processing Career Diploma program preps aspiring technicians for certification with five lesson groups that cover subjects like medical terminology, aseptic technique, bloodborne pathogens, patient privacy, quality assurance, professional development, and more. The program can be completed in as few as four months and, upon graduation, students should be prepped to sit for the certification exam.

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Professional certification

Our Sterile Processing technician certification prep includes the cost of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification exam*. Certification validates your skills and identifies you as credible and qualified.

What you get

  • IAHCSMM Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam (a $125 value)**
  • Textbook: Central Service Technical Manual
  • BinderTM mobile app for taking your learning materials on-the-go
  • 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
 
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As demand increases for medical exams, tests, and procedures, the U.S. Department of Labor projects medical equipment preparer careers will grow as much as 10% to 14% by 2026***, making it an excellent time to enter the field.

 

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Frequently asked questions

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we’re here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

Our Sterile Processing technician training online is designed to convey 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 International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management Certified Registered Central Service Technician Certification exam—will pave the way for you to start a worthwhile career.

All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth EDGE, 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 EDGE 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!

Unlike other sterile processing technician programs, we allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to complete your Sterile Processing technician certification program. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many advantages of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

Related programs

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.

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.

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