Sterile Processing Technician
Sterile Processing Technicians are in high demand! Meet a critical need and jump-start your career today at FCC with expert training from dedicated and experienced healthcare instructors in state-of-the-art medical labs.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated annual median pay for sterile processing technicians at $33,000 as of May 2015. The projected outlook is expected to expand by 14% over the next decade. Browse classes online >>
Career & Industry Outlook
The responsibility of a sterile processing technician involves working behind the scenes in healthcare settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and physicians’ offices to ensure instruments and equipment are safe for patients.
Training and Certification
Many of those working in this position have attended a community college, vocational or technical school. The training program normally includes both classroom learning and a laboratory or externship. There is a voluntary certification exam that may be taken after completion of the training program. It is recommended you complete the certification process in order to open up more employment opportunities as well as potential earning a higher salary.
Career Training at FCC
Students successfully completing a fundamentals course and a series of externships receive an FCC Certificate of Completion. Students are also fully prepared to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). This comprehensive training program provides the basic knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position as a Sterile Processing Technician.
During this portion of training, students gain hands-on experience in medical labs at FCC as well as local and regional medical facilities. This experience includes general cleaning, wrapping and packaging, instrument and procedure tray assembly, sterilization, sterile storage, patient care equipment, care carts, linen folding and distribution. Externship locations vary through the greater Baltimore/DC/Frederick region. Upon completion of training, students receive a Certificate of Completion and may submit logged hours and experience directly to IAHSCMM for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification consideration.
• Placement into EN52 or ESL72 (tests are taken in the FCC Testing Center)
• Proof of age - 18 years of age or older at time of registration.
During the beginning of the Sterile Processing Fundamentals (CAH320) course, students receive paperwork for the below requirements including the physical exam, immunizations, fingerprinting and background check processes.
• Evidence of a negative TB test or chest X-ray.
• Physical examination and proof of up-to-date immunizations.
• Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR card or SAF 157–CPR Basic
Life Support (Formally Health Care Provider).
• Background investigation and fingerprinting. (Fees for background check and
fingerprinting are included in course fees.)
Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to FCC!