Sterile Processing

Career Diploma 7-11 mo
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Sterile processing technician training

If you're detail-oriented and interested in playing a vital role in healthcare, our online Sterile Processing Technician Career Diploma Program can help you prepare to take the first steps toward the job you want. Through flexible, self-paced courses, you'll learn the fundamental skills and knowledge to become a sterile processing technician on your schedule, from home.

  • Can prepare students for an entry-level career as a sterile processing technician, also referred to as a surgical technologist. 
  • Online sterile processing technician training courses cover topics such as the duties and requirements of sterile processing technicians, fundamental practices and procedures for aseptic technique, HIPAA privacy regulations, and more. 
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), the cost of which is covered in the program tuition.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to recognize and apply the fundamental practices and procedures of aseptic technique.
  2. How to identify common pathogens found in the medical setting and the precautionary measures healthcare workers take to minimize the risk of contracting diseases.
  3. How to identify common and complex surgical instruments, industry-approved practices for decontamination and sterilization of medical supplies and equipment, and the proper ways to transport equipment.
  4. How to apply industry regulations and best practice standards common in the sterile processing field, and identify the organizations responsible for setting the regulations and standards.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Sterile Processing Career Outcomes

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Our online Sterile Processing Technician Career Diploma can help students prepare for entry-level jobs as sterile processing technicians, also known as surgical technologists. Additionally, graduates have the opportunity to become industry certified by sitting for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Sterile Processing Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Sterile Processing Technician Career Diploma can help prepare you for the first step in your healthcare career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them. 
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"I am truly grateful for Penn Foster and the education that this school provides. I have excelled in my career and education since being a student here."

Sterile Processing Technician Curriculum

  • 23.6 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • 5 courses
  • 15 exams
  • 1 graded report

In our Online Sterile Processing Technician Training, you'll cover the fundamental knowledge and skills to become a sterile processing technician while preparing for industry certification. Your classes include:

  • Allied Health Careers
  • Building Blocks of Sterile Processing
  • Sterile Processing Technology, Part 1
  • Sterile Processing Technology, Part 2

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Sterile Processing Technician Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Sterile Processing Technician Career Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Our Proven Sterile Processing Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime 
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced 


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Simulations and videos 


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community 
  • Student Portal Help Center 


  • Expert faculty  
  • Dedicated student services  
  • Robust learning resources  

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Sterile Processing Technician Program FAQs

Where can I work as a sterile processing technician?

Sterile processing technicians are essential to the maintenance, storage, distribution, and sterilization of medical instruments. Many sterile processing technicians work alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers at hospitals, outpatient care centers, physicians’ offices, and other medical facilities.

How do I become certified as a sterile processing technician?

After completing your sterile processing education, you’ll register and sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician Exam. Upon passing the exam, you can call yourself a certified sterile processing technician and add your credentials to your resume.

How long does it take to become a sterile processing technician?

Depending on your schedule and pace, you can complete our online sterile processing program in as little as a few months. From there, you’ll register and sit for your certification exam. 

What is a sterile processing technician?

Sterile processing technicians are a vital part of any medical team, ensuring that instruments, exam rooms, operating rooms and more are clean, sterile environments in order to prevent contamination and infection.


California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Surgical Technologists." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 11, 2021.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.