Surgical Processing Tech

  • Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credits: 3 per year (1.5 per semester)   

    Location: NEWTech - Rm. S211 & S213

    Duration: 540 hours (year-long) 

    Program Description: The Surgical Processing Technician program is designed to provide the student the knowledge and skills required for entry-level work as a sterile processing technician. The program focuses on introductory sterile processing concepts and professional proficiencies. It will prepare students to execute the necessary activities that are performed daily in the sterile processing department within a hospital. Students will complete 200 hours of clinical training at local hospitals which will count toward the required 400 hours for credentialing. This program is a great lead into the career of surgical technician as students will become familiar with surgical instruments, microbiology and medical terminology. The program is designed to develop the comprehension learners need to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)*.

    *The CRCST certification requires that you pass the certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands on experience in a sterile processing department. These hours can be completed before testing or within 6 months of passing the exam. For more information, visit the IAHCSMM website.

    Syllabus: 2022-2023 Surgical Syllabus

    Year One Course
    Junior or Senior standing             

    Certifications: NHA, CPR/First Aid

    Internship: Upon reaching proficiency in the above skills, students will be eligible to complete 200 internship hours in the Surgical Equipment Processing department at Holy Family Hospital. These 200 hours will go toward the 400 hours needed for full certification.

    To complete this internship, students will need to comply with hospital guidelines set in place by Providence Health Care, including drug testing, background checks and vaccinations. Hospital policy requires the following:

    • Current TB vaccination
    • Hepatitis B or positive titer
    • MMR
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis
    • Influenza
    • COVID 19

    If you have any questions or concerns about this, please talk with your instructor.

    NEWTech does not require students to complete the CRCST examination or the 400 hours of hands-on training as part of their studies.

    *Washington State Department of Health requires a valid Social Security number to obtain licensure in the state, & Health Information Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) training.