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Sterile Processing Technician Training Online

U.S. Career Institute’s Sterile Processing Tech Training Online offers a 100% online program that allows you to study at any time or place on your phone or computer.

Sterile Processing Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
5-9 months, self-paced

Sterile Processing Certification

Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)

Sterile Processing Program Goal

$41,480* based on statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Sterile Processing Class Format

Payment Plan: $69/month**($1,279* total)
Pay-in-Full: $979 Tuition
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Sterile Processing Program Goal

Program Goal:
To prepare students to take the CRCST exam and gain entry-level employment as a Sterile Processing Technician.

Sterile Processing Class Format

Class Format:
Online – Computer or Phone

A career as a Sterile Processing Technician represents a path to success in the fast-growing healthcare industry! As the healthcare field continues to grow, so does the need for Sterile Processing Technicians who prepare and provide the clean, sterile, properly functioning instruments used daily in surgeries and medical procedures. Sterile Processing Techs, also known as Central Sterile Processing Technicians, will have consistent job opportunities, they are essential to surgical centers and operating rooms all across the country and around the world. Surgical procedures that treat a vast number of health conditions are more prominent than ever. The increase in procedures has led to an equal increase in demand for the job skills of Sterile Processing Technicians.

  • Our Sterile Processing Technician training is designed to prepare you for the nationally recognized Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Exam, offered by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA).
    Your CRCST exam fee is included in your tuition- up to a $140 value†.
  • Sterile Processing Technician jobs are projected to increase 5% by 2032* according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Sterile Processing Technician professional salary – up to $41,480 per year!*
  • U.S. Career Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
  • U.S. Career Institute is proud to provide our Career Coach Program which gives you one-on-one access to a Career Advisor

Online Sterile Processing Technician Program

Online Sterile Processing Program Overview
Program Outcome:

Graduates of this course will learn the necessary skills to professionally perform the duties of a Sterile Processing Technician. Students learn to decontaminate, inspect, assemble, disassemble, package, and sterilize reusable surgical instruments or devices for healthcare facilities.

  • Apply strict rules to minimize the risk of infection using the aseptic technique.
  • Discover how to decontaminate and prepare a clean work area and explore the high-level disinfection process and its components.
  • Prepare and package instruments and supplies, including labeling and handling instruments.
  • Examine sterilization processes, from loading and unloading to sterilizer tests, methods, cycles, and sterile storage.
  • Understand safety awareness related to patient care equipment and how to prepare the equipment, receive items, and inspect work areas.
  • Adhere to compliance for documentation, record maintenance and inventory management procedures.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication, customer relations and teamwork in the healthcare field.

Sterile Processing Course Highlights:

  • The roles and desirable traits of various healthcare professionals
  • Speak the language - communicate using proper medical terminology
  • Apply strict rules to minimize the risk of infection using the aseptic technique
  • Explore proper sterile storage and inventory management procedures
  • Prepare and package instruments and supplies, including labeling and handling instruments
  • How to decontaminate and prepare a clean work area and the high-level disinfection (HLD) process
  • Adhere to compliance for documentation and record maintenance
  • The importance of effective communication, customer relations and teamwork in the healthcare field
Online Sterile Processing Program Highlights

Sterile Processing Tech School Curriculum

Our Sterile Processing Tech School is broken down into 4 units.

Pack I introduces students to the sterile processing technician career. Students are introduced to the health care field and basic safety standards. Students gain a strong foundation in medical terminology. In addition, students explore the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the importance of ethics in health care.

Instruction Pack II provides students an overview of human anatomy, including cell biology and each of the body’s organ systems. Become familiar with the surgical terminology you’ll use as a sterile processing technician. Students explore communication etiquette and types, explore decision-making skills and proper record keeping and environmental condition monitoring and corrective actions when environmental conditions aren’t in compliance. The pack wraps up with information about surgical instruments and decontamination.

Instruction Pack III introduces students to high-level disinfection (HLD) process and its components. Students learn how to organize a work area and how to receive items for preparation. Explore packaging, organizing, wrapping and labeling methods. Finally, learn how to how to prepare a work area for sterilization in terms of supplies, cleaning equipment and functionality.

Pack IV explores the safety standards for sterile storage, and how to document and record temperature and humidity standards. Students examine how to order, receive, inspect, stock and distribute inventory. Students learn about safety awareness in terms of patient care equipment and how to prepare equipment, document and receive items and inspect work areas. The final lesson provides a real-world practicum that allows you the opportunity to sterile processing skills.

USCI Student Testimonial Quote

My goal is to become a nurse but I’ve decided to pursue a short term goal in becoming a sterile processing technician. So far, U.S Career Institute has been a great choice. There’s a lot to learn on the lessons but everything is very organized and understandable. I’m very excited to learn and relearn because there’s so much to learn. Can’t wait to be certified!!

Admene J.
Sterile Processing Technician Student

U.S. Career Institute School Benefits

Affordable monthly paymentAffordable

$69 monthly payments, 5 day risk-free preview and 100% money back commitment.

USCI On-Demand Learning On-demand Learning

100% online and self-paced. No set class schedules so you set the pace and study when you can 24/7.

Mobile Friendly Learning Materials Mobile-Friendly

Custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal.

USCI has custom learning materials Real-world Skills

Focus on real-world skills that will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need for employment and to prepare for industry certifications.

USCI all-inclusive program All-inclusive Program

Your tuition includes access to instructors, learning materials and career support.

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Sterile Processing Technician Salary & Certification

Online Sterile Processing school training Outcomes



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Sterile Processing Technician Certification

U.S. Career Institute's Sterile Processing Technician program will prepare you to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam, through the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA). Included with our course, we cover the cost of your CRCST certification exam fees – a $140 value!†
CRCST certification from HSPA requires that you pass the certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands-on experience in a Central Service department. These hours can be completed before testing or within 6 months of passing the exam. Please note that you are responsible for obtaining the 400 hours of hands-on experience once you finish our Sterile Processing Technician course, USCI will not provide this training.

Sterile Processing Technician Program Cost: Tuition and Financing

U.S. Career Institute is committed to making your education affordable. Tuition includes electronic lesson books, supplements, instructor assistance, and career support for graduates. You can start your new career without a mountain of debt.

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  • $69 Monthly Payment
  • First payment: $69**

*Plus one-time $29 application charge.
**First payment includes $40 down payment and $29 application charge. Application charge is non-refundable.

Money-Back Commitment

U.S. Career Institute offers an iron clad money-back commitment to its students. After you receive your first lesson, you have 5 full days to review and evaluate. After reviewing the lesson, if you think our program is not the best route for you; contact us, return any materials and we will refund the full amount paid. No questions asked.

Hard Copy Lesson Books

Here at U.S. Career Institute, we teach to a classroom of one and we know that no two students are alike. Therefore, hard copy lesson books are available for under $50. If you prefer hard copies of your materials, you can easily order them online or by phone after enrolling.

USCI Career Coach Program

We invest in you-up to $400 Value**

After completing your certificate course, our Career Coach Program is an included benefit that will give you one-on-one access to a Career Coach Advisor. Our course and Career Coach Program can prepare you with the skills needed to help you start your new career. Read about the program's requirements and guidelines in the Career Coach Program Outline.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet at Medical Equipment Preparers (visited September 26, 2023). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
†Provided in form of reimbursement when the following terms are met: Student submits receipt issued by the HSPA, has successfully completed the course and has paid tuition in full. Reimbursement is for $140 towards the cost of CRCST certification exam.