Central Sterile Processing Technician

Preparing equipment for surgery

Establishing learning foundations for life


The content includes but is not limited to central services departmental organization and function; basic anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chenistry related to central service activities; quality assurance; infection control and isolation techniques, principles of safety; principles, methods and controls of sterilization processes; cleaning, processing, packing, distributing, storing, and inventory control of sterile goods, instruments, trays, and equipment; medical terminology; surgical instrumentation; basic computer skills, interpersonal and job seeking skills, fundamentals of communication, case cart management, laparoscopic specialty, orthopedic specialty, flexible scope processing, shift supervisory skills, and procurement of supplies and equipment.

Career Opportunities:

Licensed Sterilizers can work as:

  • Supervisor
  • Central Supply
  • Ambulatory Surgery Processor
  • Surgical Instrument Processor
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor
  • Case Cart Technician
  • Sterilizer

Employment Outlook:

Employment of Medical Equipment Preparer is projected to grow 7% from 2020 to 2030.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $15.70 hourly or $32,650 annually.

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 650 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker
90 Hours
OCP BCentral Sterile Service Materials Management150 Hours
OCP CCentral Sterile Processing Technician410 Hours
Total Hours: 650

Location & Course’s Schedule:

Central Sterile Processing Technician is available at the following school (s):

Lindsey Hopkins Technical CollegeMonday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
(305) 324-6070
Patricia Estiverne
Sandra Hawkins
Jacques Lucien
Rose Jasmin
Ext. 7089
Ext. 7129
Ext. 7039



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