Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile Processing Technician

Interested in working with health care professionals and contributing to the surgical team? The Sterile Processing Technician Course can provide you with the knowledge and qualifications you need. The role of the sterile processing technician is to learn and perform all aspects of sterile processing functions with basic surgical instruments in the health care workplace.

This class will not be offered Spring term 2014.
It will be offered Fall Term 2014.

Applications are no longer required for this program
First registered, First in class!

Steps to register:

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Course of Study
The 44-hour, one-term course prepares the student for a career in sterile processing and distribution. Course work includes human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infection control, decontamination, sterilization, surgical instrumentation processing and limited material management. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the International Association of Central Service/Material Management (IAHCSMM) Certification Test, which is honored throughout the world. To become certified, you must pass the course, exam and complete a 400-hour clinical placement.

Program Costs
The cost of the course and workbook/materials is $759. Students enrolled in this class do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid. The cost of 400 hours (12 credits) of Cooperative Education Placement is approximately $1000.   Students enrolled in the Cooperative Education Placement do qualify for Federal Financial Aid.

Class Times and Location
Classes are held on Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m., at RiverBend Hospital

Cooperative Education
Cooperative Education (co-op) offers students college credit and a grade for on-the-job work experience related to their educational and career goals. Through co-op, students connect theory and practice, develop skills, expand career knowledge, and make contacts for the future. Work schedules and work sites vary. Students must pass a background check, drug screen,personal health insurance and have current immunizations to be eligible.

Limited Enrollment
Class enrollment is limited to 12 students. Lane Community College reserves the right to cancel if minimum enrollment is not met.

Special Requirements

To work as a Sterile Processing Technician:

  • you must be comfortable working with blood
  • able to lift 50 lbs
  • be able to stand for an extended length of time
  • read, write and speak English fluently

Employment Opportunities
Doctor's offices, clinics, surgical centers, and hospitals are just some of the organizations in which Sterile Processing Technicians are providing services

Contact Us
For more information about the Sterile Processing Technician course, contact Kathy Calise.

Current term class information.