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Sterile Processing Technician

When to Apply

Program Applications will be available on Friday, May 18th.

Applications close Monday, July 9th.

Fall Cohort begins Monday, September 24th.

Mandatory Information Session

Watch the video below to learn more about our programs, courses and the application process. At the end of the video, you will receive the code required to complete your application.

Complete list of required courses for each program

List of permanently or potentially disqualifying crimes

Additional Information Sessions:

This link to schedule is for the SOHOPE Information Sessions. This will not fulfill the requirement of the mandatory session for application to the Sterile Processing Technician program, only the above mandatory program Information Session will.


What is a Sterile Processing Technician?

Sterile processing technicians work as part of an operations team in a health care organization. They play an essential role in patient safety as well as infection control. Sterile processing technicians operate the sterilizing equipment such as the autoclave that sterilizes equipment, gloves, and needles. They must obey all hospital policies and are responsible for arranging the surgical equipment in the operating room. They must check, assemble, and adjust all medical tools to ensure they are all functioning properly before the surgery begins. They must make sure all tools and equipment have been decontaminated and that the area is completely sterile before and after procedures.

This certificate program prepares students to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). Link to IAHCSMM


Why become a Sterile Processing Tech?

Sterile Processing Technicians play a vital role in important medical procedures. They maintain their composure in stressful environments, are highly dependable and have a cooperative attitude. The projected job growth is 15% by 2024.


How to Apply

To become a RCC student, you must fill out an online admission application from our Get Started page.

  • Schedule a placement test.
  • If you have transcripts from another college, have your official transcripts sent to Rogue Central Services, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527. Once you have confirmed that your transcripts have arrived at RCC, submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request.  Once the evaluation is complete you will be notified as to how transfer coursework may be applied to the Sterile Processing Technician certificate requirements.
  • Review the Sterile Processing Technician Graduation Guide.
  • Watch the mandatory Information Session above.
  • Complete prerequisites to the program.
  • Watch the short observation video of the program you intend to apply for. After watching this, write a short reflection essay (approx. 200-300 words to be included in your application).
  • career services emblemWrite a short personal statement of what led you to apply for one of our programs. Also, if you have previous healthcare experience, you can write a short statement describing that experience (approx. 200-300 to be included in your application).
  • Apply to the Sterile Processing Technician Program by submitting an Allied Health Occupations Application Form - via your myRogue account.

Contact Career Services to help you prepare for the AHO program interview.

This is a competitive program and not all qualified applicants may be accepted. There will be a waitlist established for those not accepted into the cohort immediately in case new clinical space is open or students decline their seats in the cohort. Any application received after the application deadline will be waitlisted.

Get your immunization records and submit your transcripts as soon as possible to secure your spot in the program. Oregon Health Authority [OHA] mandates current immunizations, American Heart Association, Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid card; a urine drug screen and a criminal history as a condition of clinical attendance for all health careers students who have direct patient contact during their program practicum (for more information please see OHA's Student Information Sheet).

Students who have not completed the above requirements will be withdrawn from the program. It is your responsibility to watch your email and  the Medical Assistant website prior to and after acceptance into the program to check for updated requirements. All communication will be via the email you used to apply to RCC.


How much will it cost?

This program is Financial Aid eligible and upon passing the State exams, includes a State approved Certificate. Funding for the Sterile Processing Technician program is available for students awarded into the SOHOPE grant.

This program is 38-42 credits at $107 per credit for Oregon residents (not including prerequisites and fees).  Follow the link for more detailed tuition rate information.


Additional Questions Contact:

Allied Health Occupations
AlliedHealth@roguecc.edu
or phone 541-245-7841

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