Surgical Technology – Central Sterile Processing

Program updates are in progress, please refer to the 2016-2017 course catalog (PDF) for program information.


Credit Diploma

The Central Sterile Processing Program provides the content and clinical collaboration for students to be successful and meet the standards of the Sterile Processing Technician profession. This one semester program provides students the basic fundamental skills needed to become employed in the Central Processing/Service Departments in healthcare. Students will have clinical experiences within healthcare settings which will allow for students to achieve the necessary clinical hours for certification. Upon completion of the program, students are able to sit for the certification exam through International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

Clinical sites require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (Any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment.

In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.

For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy (pdf) for allied health students.

Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, students can view LCCC’s tuition and fees web page. The Central Sterile Processing Program has an additional course fee of $450.00. This is an estimate and may change at any time. Other miscellaneous costs, unique to the program, are approximately $500.

Visit the Central Sterile Processing costs web page to learn more about additional course costs.