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Sterile Processing Technician

When to Apply

Application for Fall 2017 has closed.

Mandatory Information Sessions

Sterile Processing Technician Information Sessions are required to gain access to the program application.
Info Session dates for 2018 TBA

Additional Information Sessions:

This link to schedule is for the SOHOPE/AHO Information Sessions and the AHO Demonstration Day. Neither will fulfill the requirement of the mandatory session for application to the Medical Administrative Assistant program, only the above mandatory program Information Sessions will.

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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.
  • Attend a mandatory Information Session.
  • 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. 150-250 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 (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.

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 $99 per credit for Oregon residents for a range of $3,762-$4158 (not including prerequisites and fees).  Go here for more detailed tuition rate information.  Due to the rapidly changing nature of health care and associated costs, the following are only estimates.

Books $250 per term
College Services Fees $140-280 per term
Technology Fees $60-140 per term
Distance Fees $0-50 per term
Certified Background Check $75 per term
Testing $135 per term
Immunizations $100 per term

Additional Questions Contact:

Daniel Wu
Training Services Coordinator
Sterile Process Technician/Medical Coding Specialist
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