Central Sterile Processing Technician

Central 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. Due to COVID-19, students will not be required to complete a 20 hour of clinical internship experience. This is not a requirement for certification.

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) Health form complete with immunizations and two-step PPD. 4) Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds and stand for long periods of time.

Upcoming Courses:

CRN: 3450 | Fee: $1,299 | 10/18 – 12/20 with on campus labs 11/10, 11/12, 12/15, 12/17 | 5-7 p.m. | Location: ONLINE with on-campus labs | Instructor: Tyrese Smith

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 when you withdraw from your course at least 3 working days before the course start date. Once the course has started, refunds are only provided under special circumstances and require a written request to the Continuing Education Office. They are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. A refund is not guaranteed.

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Marjorie Valentin

Associate Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Phone: 860-343-5716
Email: mvalentin@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 414

Evelyn Garcia

Interim Continuing Education Assistant
Phone: 860-343-5782
Email: egarcia@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 414