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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. 

Sterile Processing Certificate

18 credits
(1 semester)

This program is offered via an apprenticeship model in partnership with participating healthcare employers. Students must be hired as a Sterile Processing apprentice by a participating employer partner to enroll in the program at this time.

In this one-semester program, apprentices 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).

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Complete this Program at No Cost to You!
This program is now available at zero cost thanks to Care Forward Colorado.



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

To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in Sterile Processing Technician, join us for a virtual information on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7 pm.

We'll discuss the following topics:

  • What is an apprenticeship?
  • What occupations in the healthcare field have an apprenticeship program?
  • How does the Sterile Processing Apprenticeship work?
  • What industry partners are involved?
  • Answer questions


FRCC's apprenticeship in sterile processing aligns with the standards of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students enrolling or continuing at Front Range Community College (FRCC) have a right to certain information that the college must provide. As a student applying for or attending the Sterile Processing Technician (SPI) Program, you have the right to know it meets the certification criteria for Colorado. The degree/certificate may count toward licensing or certification in states other than Colorado. If you are planning to seek work outside of Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact that State's certifying or licensing entity for guidance before you begin this program. Information on the national exam and state requirements is available on the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) site.

This program meets the applicable state prerequisites for licensure or certification in Colorado as listed below:

FRCC has not determined if the Sterile Processing Program (SPI) Program meets applicable state prerequisites for licensure or certification in states other than Colorado. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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