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Central Service/Sterile Processing

Why Choose the Central Service/Sterile Processing Program?

Central Service/Sterile Processing is a dynamic and growing field in healthcare that is critically important to the health and safety of patients. New regulations and standards have demanded a larger workforce in this area, increasing the need for trained technicians who not only have the basic skills in sterile processing but who also understand the importance of the process. Critical thinking skills are key in this constantly changing and fast-paced medical field, and wages have steadily increased to help recruit quality employees. Clover Park's Central Service/Sterile Processing program has been a major resource in providing excellent candidates for these positions locally. If you have a passion for helping people and an interest in the tools needed for medical procedures, this program and career path might be the perfect fit.


Our Central Service/Sterile Processing Technician Program can prepare you in just three quarters to work with operating room staff to provide sterile instruments and supplies needed for surgery.
How Long It Takes:

Central Service/Sterile Processing Certificate: 3 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers

Graduates may find employment as sterile processing technicians. In Washington, median pay for sterile processing technicians is $34,900 per year.

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Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.

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Central Service/Sterile Processing Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Central Service/Sterile Processing Program, students will:

  • Use interactive communication skills to work effectively with others, with special emphasis on the needs of the surgical department.
  • Maintain professional ethics while demonstrating respect for staff, faculty, and patients.
  • Demonstrate effective methods of infection control as it relates to personal hygiene, patient care equipment, and surgical asepsis.
  • Demonstrate basic principles of Standard Precautions and the use of Personal Protective Equipment correctly.
  • Identify basic and complex surgical instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate and verify the decontamination process with special attention to endoscopic, robotic, and powered surgical instruments.
  • Correctly identify appropriate packaging material and demonstrate proper wrapping techniques.
  • Select appropriate process indicators for low- and high- temperature reprocessing. Apply recommended standards for biological monitoring and record keeping.
  • Identify appropriate sterilization methods, cycles, and parameters for commonly used items.
  • Apply learned skills in the clinical setting to successfully accrue the required number of clinical hours to sit for the certification exam.

Meet Your Instructors

Chris Griffin

Bldg 21, 224


Central Service/Sterile Processing Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 21, Room 107, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




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