Central Sterile Processing Technician Program

Central Sterile Processing Technician Program

What is a Central Sterile Processing Technician?

Central Sterile Processing Technician ClassCentral Sterile Processing Technicians (CSPT) are responsible for packaging surgical instruments in hospitals, medical offices, surgical centers, and clinics. CSPTs are highly needed healthcare professionals who improve the quality of patient care by minimizing infection rates. Job responsibilities include organizing and assembling instrument trays, sterilizing supplies; operating sterilization equipment including sterilizers, aerators, and washers; and maintaining records and inventory.

Course Description

This program includes 60 hours of classroom time covering decontamination and sterilization processing, anatomy and physiology, microbiology infection control, and identification of surgical instruments. Students will also be required to complete 20 hours of clinical internship experience at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Backus, Windham Hospital, or Westerly Hospital. Internships are scheduled with the instructor while in the program.

Please note: Students must have reliable transportation to clinical sites assigned by the instructor. Clinical dates are assigned based off of the site availability. Request are taken, but not always granted.


NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields.

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. 18 years of age
  3. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time
  4. Clean criminal background. A criminal background check may be performed. Students who have a criminal record are denied access to clinical internship sites.
  5. HEALTH FORM REQUIRED – Please complete the form with your medical provider. You can download the form here: TRCC Health Form.
  6. COVID-19 Vaccination including booster required

COVID-19 vaccine for students at clinical sites

Central Sterile Processing Technician ClassStudents who have internships (at hospitals, medical centers, clinics, etc.) connected to their academic studies at a CSCU institution, and who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or non-medical reasons, should apply for an exemption at that organization/site.  CSCU can only grant and control medical and non-medical exemptions on the college campus-not outside it.   We understand that some clinical/allied health sites may not allow for any exemptions, and if this is the case, we should work with the student to find an alternate suitable site.  If this cannot be accomplished, the student should be advised of this and may need to reevaluate their decision to not get the vaccine.


Upon completion, students are eligible to take the certification exam through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Inc. (CBSPD). (National Certification) Certification is mandatory for employment.

A final grade of 70 (C-) or higher is required to pass this course.

Course Schedules

Summer 2024 – CRN# 80051

  • Instructor: Shauna Nocery
  • Lecture
    • Instructional Method: Traditional – These classes are fully on campus. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
    • Dates: 5/20/24 – 7/31/24 (No class 5/27 or 6/19)
    • Days and Times:  Monday/Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: B118
  • Clinical: Scheduled with Instructor and Program Coordinator
  • Cost: $1,999.00 Textbook, certification exam cost and supplies are included, students will receive the textbook on the first day
  • Registration deadline: 5/13/24

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

SNAP & WIOA Eligible