Sterile Processing Technician

Course No. AHX20

Allied Health Division
Mt. Hood Community College

Note: This course is currently offered every other year. The next offering will be Fall Term 2015. 7 Credits. M W 5:10-8 p.m.; labs 9 a.m.-noon the last 5 Saturdays of the term.

Sterile Processing Technician Overview
Sterile Processing Technicians process, store, and distribute medical and surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment for operating rooms and other areas of hospitals and healthcare facilities. They understand and apply principles and methods of sterilization and infection control. This course provides instruction for students who wish to function in entry-level positions in Central Service and Sterile Processing departments of healthcare facilities. Based on the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) curriculum, the course is designed for students who wish to obtain certification for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). The course includes 60 hours of didactic instruction and 30 hours of lab instruction. Please note: 400 hours of hands-on experience verified by employer is also required for eligibility for the IAHSCMM exam. This course does not fulfill that requirement.

Please follow this link to a video presentation about the role of the Sterile Processing Technician


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • College Placement Test (503-491-7678)
  • Able to stand for prolonged periods
  • Able to lift heavy instrument trays
  • Good verbal communication skills

All new students must complete an admission form at or in the Admissions and Records Office.

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