Central Sterile Processing Technician

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in Central Sterile Processing Technician

Credits required 4


Patricia Dent

Program contact

TBA - for initial inquiry information contact ext. 4444

Program Code: CL

Program Goal Statement

This credit program prepares students to become an entry level central sterile processing technician.  A central sterile processing technician is a medical professional who specializes in stocking, sterilizing, packaging, and preparing the tools and equipment that are used in surgical procedures. He or she is often held responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and safety of operating rooms, tables, and equipment. Central sterile processing technicians may work in a number of different medical settings, including general hospitals, public health clinics, private doctors’ offices, and specialized surgical centers.

Program Information

  • This program prepares students for a career in sterile processing and distribution by assisting the student to gain the skills needed to become a skilled, effective health care central sterile processing technician.
  • Students who successfully complete the Central Sterile Processing Technician program will receive a Certificate of  Recognition.  


Program Requirements

Program Courses

HLT 100Central Sterile Processing Technician

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:4


Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

HLT 100

Essential Functions 

  • The Central Sterile Processing Technician Certificate program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a professional central sterile processing technician.  In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities.
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility, and motor coordination to safely perform all activities required  while in the upright position. 
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read all appropriate instrumentation.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients, physicians, staff and to respond to equipment signals.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians, respect patient confidentiality, use reasonable judgment and accept responsibility for their actions.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or state-approved high school equivalency credential required.  This is a restricted program based on selective academic review. Medical, CORI and drug clearances are required.

Requirements Upon Admission

  • Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titre (blood tests to prove immunity).  A TB test is required.  Health insurance and professional liability insurance are required.  Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening and CORI/SORI checks are required by clinical agencies.
  • Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

    For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

  • Students must have current CPR Certification from the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers).

Grade Requirements

  • A "C" or better is required in HLT 100.


Additional Costs

  • Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as lab coat, name tag, graduate pin, review course, national certification examination, liability insurance and practicum costs including travel.  Transportation to the practicum sites is the students responsibility.  Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus.

After BCC

  • Central sterile processing technicians may choose to advance their career by completing a surgical technology certificate or enter other health education programs.
  • Following successful completion of HLT 100 students are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). 400 hours of hands-on experience must be accrued prior to/or within six months of taking the certification examination. 

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