2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Central Processing Technician Certificate

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Program Description

The Central Processing Technician certificate will be a two-semester program with 29 credit hours including pre-requisites. Students should complete prerequisite courses the first semester and central sterile supply processing (CSSP) courses the second semester. Program students will learn how to prevent infections by decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices, instruments, and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery. This program prepares students to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam or the Certified Sterile Processing Department Technician (CSPDT) exam.

View the Central Processing Technician Certificate Program Fact Sheet  for additional information.

Employment Opportunities

Central Sterile Processing Technicians may work in hospitals, surgery centers, medical and doctor’s clinics, medical laboratories, and medical device manufacturers.


 It is the student’s responsibility to notify the admissions office once pre-requisites have been completed. In order to begin the clinical requirements, students must complete a tuberculosis skin test, supply proof of immunization, undergo a background check, and submit to a drug screen test. File completion does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Prerequisites must be completed by the program deadline. (FYES 1000, ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, ) Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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