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Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Program

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Become a critical team member within growing healthcare fieldsterile-processing-professional-badge 

The University of Central Missouri Sterile Processing Technician certificate program will help you begin a rewarding career in healthcare. Sterile processing technicians, also known as central processing technicians, are critical to hospitals, long-term care facilities, surgical centers and other health care facilities. They provide support to all patient care teams in medical settings by ensuring the timely delivery of sterile supplies and equipment used in surgeries and other important medical procedures. This support includes storing, assembling, cleaning, processing, sterilizing and distributing medical devices, tools and supplies. Through this program, students earn an industry-recognized certificate and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $2,895 (including books, fees and exam cost)
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Classes forming now. Let us know of your interest, and we will keep you informed of all course offerings.

Contact hours icon   150 hours including classroom training and homework plus 400 hours clinical experience  Prerequesites checklist icon   18 years or older, high-school diploma, GED/HIST, good communication skills, good manual dexterity, ability to lift heavy objects and stand/walk for long periods of time.



Course prepares graduates to sit for recognized national examTest-tubes

Students learn technical skills and knowledge as well as CoreBuilders© Workplace Success Skills in active learning, self-leadership, integrity, teamwork, communications, human behavior, goals, problem-solving and career management. In addition, participants will gain valuable hands-on experience through the course’s clinical portion. Successful graduates of the course and clinical experience are prepared to take the national exam from HSPA for the Certified Registered Central Services Technician.


What you will learn

  • Essential employment skills such as communication, working in teams, problem-solving, self-leadership, integrity, goal management and human behavior
  • Medical terminology
  • Basic anatomy
  • Microbiology basics
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Cleaning, disinfection and decontamination
  • Surgical instruments
  • Regulations and standards
  • Assembling, packaging and point of use

Expected awards

  • UCM Certificate of Completion
  • Certified Registered Central Services Technician from HSPA

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