Join a growing profession.

Make a meaningful contribution in healthcare.

Sterile processing technicians make it possible for doctors, dentists, and other medical personnel to do their work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Sterile processing technicians clean, disinfect, and sterilize instruments and medical equipment. They also inspect and maintain the equipment and materials used for decontamination to make sure they are functioning properly and defect-free.

Discover Your
New Career

FAQ'S

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Sterile Processing Technician program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Sterile Processing Technician program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 10% finished in 9 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Sterile Processing Technician program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $8,384
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 78% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

Getting Started

There's a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

Request Information
Schedule a Visit
Apply Online

Testimonial quote

I feel that the instructors really work with you; they are really helpful. It’s changed my life.

Shawna Vanderhoef
Sterile Processing Technician Certificate from Baker College

Sterile Processing TechnicianCertificate

Join a growing profession.

Make a meaningful contribution in healthcare.

Sterile processing technicians make it possible for doctors, dentists, and other medical personnel to do their work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Sterile processing technicians clean, disinfect, and sterilize instruments and medical equipment. They also inspect and maintain the equipment and materials used for decontamination to make sure they are functioning properly and defect-free.

Discover Your Future Sterile Processing Technician Career

Career Facts

$30,820

Median salary for Medical Equipment Preparers

17%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$41,790

Median salary for Surgical Technologists

View citations
Overview

The Baker College Sterile Processing Technician certificate program focuses on how to clean, disinfect, sterilize, and distribute sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment so that they can be used safely. In addition to your classwork, you’ll have plenty of hands-on experience in the lab and in a sterile processing department in a clinical setting. 

When you complete the program, you’ll be fully prepared to sit for the national certification exam, and ready to start your career.

Course Information
Sterile Processing Technician Major Requirements34 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
HSC 102
Tap Again to Close
1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
INF 161
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MED 103
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
SCI 100F
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body4
SPT 101
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the profession of sterile processing. In addition to professional and personal liability, other outcomes will include patient bill of rights, consents, surgical conscience, certification, alternate career paths for sterile processing technicians, national and state professional associations, legislation relating to both healthcare and the profession of sterile processing, and the governmental organizations that regulate hospitals and sterile processing departments. Teamwork, customer service, and cultural diversity will also be addressed. A research paper relating to the profession will be required.

Introduction to Sterile Processing2
SPT 188B
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with the role and function of the sterile processing technician. Particular emphasis is placed on the personal characteristics necessary for the role. Introduces students to the operation of the department, principles, and concepts related to sterilization and distribution, packaging and storage, modes of transmission of common diseases, standard precautions, safety measures in the department, and principles of asepsis.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, C or better in SCI 100F, C or better in SPT 101, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
SPT 192.
Sterile Processing, Distribution, and Materials Management4
SPT 192
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on various specialties and the instrumentation associated with each. Identification, assembly, care, and handling of surgical instruments and equipment will be introduced. In addition, the basic principles of decontamination, sterilization, packaging, maintaining sterility, and storage will be addressed. Safety considerations and regulations will also be discussed. There is a laboratory component to this course. Students will gain hands-on experience cleaning, packaging, and wrapping surgical instrument sets for processing and distribution. This course consists of 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, C or better in SCI 100F, C or better in SPT 101, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
SPT 188B.
Surgical Instrumentation, Decontamination, and Sterilization (with Lab)4
WRK 227
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to perform 160 hours of paid/unpaid work experience. Provides supervised work experience to enable students to apply the skills acquired in SPT188A and SPT192 in a clinical setting. Students will actively participate in the process of decontamination, sterilization, and distribution of sterile instruments and supplies.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101, SPT 188B, SPT 192, minimum GPA 2.50, Program Director/Dean approval, Student background check.
Sterile Processing Technician Externship4
WRK 291B
Tap Again to Close
1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 36

Program Description

This program prepares graduates to enter the field of sterile processing. Sterile processors work in hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and private offices, as well as for instrument and supply companies. This program focuses on cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and distribution of sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment used in various healthcare settings. Students will gain hands-on experience in a sterile processing department during the clinical portion of the program. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. Graduates must attain 400 hours of working in the field of sterile processing before being eligible to sit for the national certification exam. Program Status: Open Enrollment.

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, faculty, patients, and members of the healthcare team.      
  • Effectively communicate with classmates, faculty, and members of the surgical team when visualization of mouth/lips is restricted.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical documents to accurately perform duties and safely use equipment.
  • Safely access, prepare, and operate equipment and supplies in a variety of settings.
  • Assist with transport and transfer of patient and equipment.
  • Assist with surgical procedures for prolonged periods without nourishment or restroom breaks.
  • Safely perform tasks such as, loading a fine (10-0) suture onto needles and needleholders while wearing safety glasses which requires fine motor control with corresponding hand-eye coordination.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to perform tasks such as, but not limited to, appropriately tracking surgical supplies and performing anticipation skills intraoperatively.
  • Utilize instruments, supplies, and equipment safely within the operating suite.
  • Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Detect and respond appropriately to odors in order to maintain environmental safety and patient needs.
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the client who is unconscious.
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills during interactions with patients, staff, faculty and health care team members.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. unstable patient condition), emergent demands (i.e. stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, complex visual stimuli).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct guidelines, and clinical sites' policies and procedures.
Mission / Goals

As an essential component of the Baker College’s academic health programs, the Associate Applied Science Degree (AAS) and Sterile Processing Technician (CER) programs goals are to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains.

Accreditation

Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Limited Enrollment
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Program Performance
2012-2013 # of Graduates Program Completion Rate (2012) CST National Exam Pass Rate Job Placement Rate # of Students Accepted
Allen Park 11 86% 100%   15
Cadillac 7 64% 86% 100% 11
Clinton Twp 14 100% 100% 92% 19
Flint 10 50% 90% 90% 20
Jackson 18% 100% 100% 89% 19
Muskegon 20 100% 100% 80% 20
Port Huron 8 66% 100% 86% 12

 

2011-2012 # of Graduates Program Completion Rate (2012) CST National Exam Pass Rate
Allen Park 10   100%
Cadillac 7 100% 100%
Clinton Twp 14 93% 93%
Flint 19 100% 95%
Jackson 18 100% 78%
Muskegon 20 20 84%
Port Huron 11 84% 90%
Gainful Employment Disclosure

Click here to view more information about this certificate program, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information.

Program Finder

Start today and discover the program that is right for you.

Upcoming Events

FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Sterile Processing Technician program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Sterile Processing Technician program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 10% finished in 9 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Sterile Processing Technician program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $8,384
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 78% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Testimonial quote

I feel that the instructors really work with you; they are really helpful. It’s changed my life.

Shawna Vanderhoef