Central Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile Processing Video Debuts

As a way for students to learn about central sterile processing skills from start to finish, Dan Nocera of the Center for New Media and his students produced a 20-minute video written by Sarah B. Cruz, sterile processing instructor at Tunxis Community College. The video details each step of the process, from decontamination and sterilization of surgical instruments to packaging and storage for use in the operating room. Students in the central sterile processing technician program can view the hospital workplace environment prior to entering the career field and gain a better understanding of their role as important members of the healthcare team. Middlesex students Carlos Rios-Rosada and Luis Rosa-Almodovar assisted with shooting, and Housatonic’s Director of Workforce Development, Tatiana Rampino, helped coordinate logistics for shooting in their sterile processing lab last spring. A USDOL grant funded project called The CT Statewide Healthcare Industry Pathway (CT SHIP) supported the video as part of the grants healthcare training initiative.

hands with surgical toolsCentral Sterile Processing Technicians (CSPT) are responsible for packaging surgical instruments in hospitals, medical offices, surgical centers, and clinics. Central Sterile Processing Technicians are highly needed healthcare professionals who improve the quality of patient care by minimizing infection rates. Job requirements include organizing and assembling instrument trays, sterilizing supplies, operating sterilization equipment including sterilizers, aerators and washers, and maintaining records and inventory. This program includes 60 hours of classroom time covering decontamination and sterilization processing, anatomy and physiology; microbiology infection control, and identification of surgical instruments.

Upon completion, students are eligible to take the certification exam through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Inc. (CBSPD). Certification is mandatory for employment.

PREREQUISITES: 1) At least 18 years of age. 2) High school diploma or GED. 3) Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds and stand for long periods of time. 4) A Drug Screen and Background check will also be required prior to the start of the course.

Summer 2024:  In Session

CRN: 80311 | Central Sterile Processing Technician | Fee: $1,999 | 6/4/24-8/22/24| Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Middletown Campus, Snow Hall, Room 413 | Instructor: Kimberly Wheway-Yuhas



Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received or 3rd party payment is confirmed. 
Upon registration, you will receive an email from Mx-WorkforceDevelopment@MxCC.edu, and in that email, we will include instructions for payment.

Instructions for Making Payments Online

Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to make payments online. These instructions work for both credit and non-credit (continuing education) courses.

Refund Policy

A full tuition refund can be made if you withdraw from your course at least one working day before the course start date. Once the course has started, refunds are only provided under special circumstances and require a written request to the Workforce Development  and Continuing Education Office. They are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. A refund is not guaranteed.



The CT Pathways program prepares and assists clients by offering vocational training, career activities, case management, and support services. The SNAP Education and Training program assists students who are interested in career training for the following courses:

  • CT SNAP PathwaysCertified Nurse Aide
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Security Officer Certification
  • Veterinary Assistant Certification

To be eligible, students must receive SNAP benefits throughout the entire course, have a high school diploma or GED, be a US citizen, not have a felony record for most courses, and not receive TANF (cash) assistance from CT DSS.

For more information about the SNAP program, visit the SNAP page.

CT Statewide Healthcare Industry Pathways (CT SHIP)

USDOL funding is available for eligible students in this program. For more information, please contact Continuing Education at 860-343-5865 or MX-WorkforceDevelopment@mxcc.edu. Learn more about the CT SHIP program here.

To apply for a CT SHIP Scholarship, please complete the form linked below and send it to MX-Workforcedevelopment@mxcc.edu.

Scholarship Form CT SHIP

Contact Us

For more information about courses, programs, and services, contact us by phone or email.
Phone: 860-343-5865
Email: MX-WorkforceDevelopment@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 414

The total cost of CT Statewide Healthcare Industry Pathway (CT SHIP) project is $6.9M.  $3.4M (49%) is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration grant and another $3.5M (51%) is committed through non-federal state and local resources.

USDOL funding is available for eligible students in this program. For more information, please contact Continuing Education at 860-343-5865 or MX-WorkforceDevelopment@mxcc.edu. Learn more about the CT SHIP program here.