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Surgical / Central Sterile Processing Technology Program


Carrie Nutsch

(208) 732-6715


Janet Milligan

(208) 732-6706

Program Overview

Trained central service and sterile processing technicians help reduce the risk of microbial exposure by maintaining and sterilizing equipment for a wide range of medical areas. This short training program can help students learn heat, steam, and chemical disinfecting and sterilization techniques as well as inventory management skills. Professionalism, teamwork, communications and medical language are stressed as students learn to pursue or maintain job opportunities in sterile processing technology.

Upon completion of the program, and once 400 hours work on the job are complted, students will be eligible to take the IAACSMM National certification exam. You will not be able to declare this program as your major until you have met with the program director.

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Application Requirements

Due June 1st (applications may be handed in early)

  • Twelve (12) seats are offered annually.
    • Application made on or prior to June1st each year will be given preference to those made after the due date
    • We will accept applications until August if needed until the class is full.

All students must complete the application portfolio process. The following items are required to be submitted in your portfolio:

Submit your portfolio in a file folder (with your name printed on the tab) to the secretary in the HSHS department and ask her to Date and TIME STAMP your submission. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Central Sterile Processing program, a student will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of the central sterile processing technician as it applies to the surgical health care team.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to gain entry level employment as central sterile processing technicians

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