August 10, 2017 Kenneth Colangelo

Certified Sterile Processing Technician

Certified Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for the sanitation and packaging of surgical instruments in hospitals, doctors’ offices, surgical centers and clinics. They organize and assemble routine and specialty instrument trays and sterilized supplies; operate and maintain sterilization equipment including sterilizers, aerators and washers; and maintain records and inventory. Technicians must be able to stand on their feet for prolonged periods of time; be able to multi-task; and may be required to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.

You may qualify for WIOA course financing assistance.

Certified Sterile Processing Technician Registration- New registration information available in May for Fall

This program is offered in spring and fall semesters. For detailed information on course start and end dates, open the registration packet.

Certified Sterile Processing Technician Registration

Refunds may be obtained only if your written withdrawal is received by the Continuing Education Office three business days prior to the first class session.

Employment Outlook

Certified Sterile Processing Technicians earn a median annual wage of $35,709 according to This profession is expected to grow at a faster than average rate through 2026.

Program Description

This 15-week program covers anatomy and physiology; microbiology and infection control; decontamination and sterilization processing; and how to handle, care for, and identify surgical instruments. A passing grade of 70 or higher and 80% class attendance is necessary for successful completion of the course. The student is then eligible to take the Certification Exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) or the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD). Certification is mandatory for employment.

Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.

The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is required to receive a certificate of completion for the CSPT program. This course is offered at various times each semester. Medical Terminology (available online: is suggested but not required.

Time Commitment

This is 15-week course meets for 60 hours, 4 hours on Thursday evenings.

Payment Information

Total cost for the CSPT program is $1,604 (price is subject to change).

  • Total cost includes tuition, administrative fee, textbook, Essential Job Skills & Career Development course and CBSPD national exam fee.
  • Optional Internship (20 hours) fee: $279 or $449 depending on the site chosen by the student. Open to present and past CSPT students
  • Students meet with the Allied Health Coordinator to select dates for internship.
  • WIOA and CT SNAP approved.  Payment plan available.
  • SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call Shaina Hamel for details 860.773.1454

Admission Requirements

  • Submit the Certified Sterile Processing Technician registration and requirements forms.
  • Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED
  • Mail or bring forms to Continuing Education, Tunxis Community College, 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

Additional Requirements for Completion

Contact Information

For more information or to register, contact Cheryl Conaty, RN at 860.773.1453 or

Register by Email

Complete application packet and email to

Register by Fax

Complete application packet and fax to 860.606.9732.

Register in Person

Register by Mail

Application packet and payment information (checks/money orders made out to Tunxis Community College) must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.

Mail to:
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Registration must be completed in full with payment information, date of birth and social security number.

You may also be interested in our online, six-week Medical Terminology course.

Program Coordinator: Cheryl Conaty

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