• 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 up to 200 hours of clinical training at local hospitals and surgery centers 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 Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) formerly, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)*.


    • Identify the different instrumentation used in daily surgical procedures. 
    • Learn to decontaminate and clean surgical instrumentation in preparation for sterilization.
    • Assemble surgical instrument trays and instruments designated for the Operating Room and other departments within the hospital.   
    • Demonstrate how to package single or paired instruments in paper/plastic pouches for sterilization. 
    • Learn to communicate well with others and work independently in diverse environments and teams.

    Any combination equal to 3.0 credits (1.5 max per semester)
    1.0 Anatomy and Physiology (.5 max per semester)
    3.0 Occupational or General Elective (1.5 max per semester)  

    Certification Opportunities: (* indicates a test fee applies)

    • Healthcare Provider CPR/First Aid *
    • NHA
    • Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)

    College Credits Available:

    Clinical Rotation:

    Upon reaching proficiency in the technical skills covered during semester 1, students will be eligible to complete up to 200 internship hours in the Sterile Processing departments at Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Northwest Orthopedics. 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

    Course Syllabus

    Program Uniform Information     

    Classroom Supplies

    • Notebook
    • Writing Utensil
    • 1" three ring binder
    • Ruler
    • Scrubs

    Instructor: Ryan Pascal RyanP1@spokaneschools.org