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Sterile Processing Technician

When to Apply

The Sterile Processing Technician program will not be running Fall of 2020. If you have any questions please email

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.

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.

financial aid eligibleHow 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 $112 per credit for Oregon residents (not including prerequisites and applicable fees).  Follow the link for more detailed tuition rate information.

Additional Questions Contact:

For more information contact the Allied Health Occupations Office, call 541-245-7896 or email

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