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Sterile Processing Technology

Offered in partnership with Centura Health at Avista Hospital


A sterile processing technician is an integral member of the surgical team who cleans, sterilizes, and assembles surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies for use in operating rooms and other medical and surgical facilities. Students will receive instruction in sterilization, infection control, decontamination, and surgical instrumentation processing, distribution and record-keeping.

Information Session Required for Registration

Learn more about our Sterile Processing Program by attending our information session the second Wednesday of the month from 6 - 7 pm on WebEx.

Sterile Processing Certificate

18 credits
(1 semester)

In this one-semester program, you will develop the knowledge and skills for entry-level work as a sterile processing technician. This program will prepare you for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). This program is part of an apprenticeship program in partnership with Centura Health and has a selective admission process.

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What You Will Learn

The curriculum aligns with IAHCSMM standards for the CRCST exam. Upon completion of this program students will be proficient in the following areas:

  1. Cleaning, decontamination and disinfection of surgical instruments
  2. Preparation and packaging of sterile surgical instruments
  3. The sterilization process for surgical instruments and equipment
  4. Types of patient care equipment used in surgery
  5. Sterile storage and inventory management in the Sterile Processing Department
  6. Documentation and record maintenance for the Sterile Processing Department
  7. Working as a member of the Sterile Processing Department team

 Apprenticeship Opportunities

Work at CenturaHealth during the week, and take your classes on the weekend. When you successfully complete this FRCC apprenticeship, you'll be well-prepared to take the national exam to become a certified sterile processing technician. You'll also have:
  • A nationally recognized certification
  • A diploma from FRCC
  • Continued employment with Centura Health
FRCC's apprenticeship in sterile processing aligns with the standards of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

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