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Diploma Program

Sterile Processing Program
Online Classes/Training

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CLASSES START
Jul 8th

8 Mo.

Program Length

24

Credits

Online

Format

$515

Cost Per Credit

Diploma Program

Sterile Processing Program
Online Classes/Training

Take online classes in sterile processing and prepare for success in your new career

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program lengthAs few as 8 months (32 weeks)
Format100% online classes you can take right at home
CertificationPrepare for your first entry-level SPT job and the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam
QuickPathsEarn college credit you can potentially transfer into a Surgical Technologist degree program in the future—and greatly decrease the time needed to advance your career
Sterile Processing Technician Cleaning Medical Instruments

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2023 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2023 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Sterile Processing

Overview: Online Diploma in Sterile Processing

The Diploma in Sterile Processing is a 24-credit career diploma program which prepares you for a career as a sterile processing technician.

The online diploma program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in sterile processing and central services, surgical instrumentation, surgical services, and foundational courses such as basic medical terminology, psychology, microbiology and more.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

You can take classes during the day or in the evening. We strive to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start July 8th

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Curriculum

Sterile processing program classes & curriculum details

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to quickly begin practicing as a sterile processing technician and build a strong foundation to continue pursuing your educational pathway and expand your area of expertise.

All lecture classes are delivered online (285 hours), including 150 lab hours to help you develop practical experience you can take into your first job.

 

ProgramsMonthsiCredits
Diploma in Sterile Processing824

i. Average number of months for students to complete the program attending full-time

Required Courses

All Courses, 22.00 semester credit hours are required.

Special Surgical Technology and General Education Grading Requirements

All Surgical Technology (courses with an ST prefix) must be completed with a grade of "C" (76%) or better for a student to be continued in the Sterile Processing program. The following general education course must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the Sterile Processing program:   •  SC 144 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost for tuition is $515 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

Sterile processing program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Sterile Processing diploma program include:

  • Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District Of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

Certification

Get educated, get certified, and thrive

Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination through the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association.1

You can take the exam following 400 hours of professional experience. Your experience must be completed in a Sterile Processing/Central Service department, as a paid employee or volunteer. View the HSPA website to find more details about eligibility for the exam.

Your best prep for passing the exam and becoming certified is your education!

Sterile Processing Technician Surgical Surgery

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Career Pathways

Begin a new career path in healthcare

Specific job titles in sterile processing will vary by hospital or other types of medical facilities. Potential job titles include:

  • Sterile Processing Tech/Technician (SPT)
  • Central Service Technician (CST)
  • Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician)
  • Central Processing Technician (CPT)
  • Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Tech)

These departments may utilize a hierarchy of SPTs. Entry-level positions may be regarded as “SPT 1” while more experienced SPTs can ascend to SPT 2, 3 or higher.

How can I advance my career? While you may be able to ascend the ranks in a central service department and potentially increase your responsibilities and pay, surgical technologist can represent an excellent next career step. You can transfer credit earned in our SPT diploma program into a surgical technology associate degree program, currently offered at our New Orleans campus.

Job outlook

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of medical equipment preparers is expected to grow 5% from 2022-2032, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Begin earning an education today and position yourself to quickly join this growing field. Becoming a sterile processing technician represents a good entry-level job that can be a launching pad to many potential career paths in healthcare.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Our sterile processing program is designed to transition easily into a surgical technology associate degree program. Knowledge and skills learned in a sterile processing diploma curriculum closely applies to similar roles and responsibilities as a surgical technologist.

Every state has their own requirements, but in general surgical technologists typically have greater minimum requirements for education and certification. Earning an associate degree in surgical technology is considered the preferred educational model for entry-level positions by the Associate of Surgical Technologists (AST).

If you live in New Orleans, you can transfer credit earned in our diploma program into an associate degree in surgical technology, currently offered at our New Orleans campus.

According to HSPA, out of 8,056 CRCST exams taken in 2021, 75% passed the test. The exam is not a walk in the park! You’ll need to be well-prepared both academically and professionally to pass the exam and become certified.

The computer-based CRCST exam is 3 hours, containing 150 multiple choice questions testing your knowledge of cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, patient care equipment, sterilization process, and more.

Get educated, study hard, and you’ll be in the best possible position to pass the exam and become certified.

Working as a traveling sterile processing can be a great opportunity to see new places, experience different cultures and meet new people—all while building your skills in a rewarding career.

Every job posting will come with their own unique requirements for traveling sterile processing technicians. Be ready with an updated resume and immunization and health records. Getting certified is very important; these positions can be competitive and you’ll need every advantage you can get in the application process.

You may choose to sign up with a healthcare staffing agency to help you find the types of travel jobs you’re looking for.

Sterile processing techs ensure medical instruments are properly inspected, cleaned, and sterilized for use across a hospital, clinic, physician’s office or other healthcare institution.

Technicians typically work in a Sterile Processing Department (SPD) in a hospital, sometimes called a Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) or Central Supply Department (CSD). Sterile processing is a fast-paced, technical and detail-oriented job requiring high focus and clear collaboration with other medical staff.

Techs must follow strict processes for different types of equipment, using computers to track progress and provide verification that all instruments are accounted for and properly serviced.

Sterile processing techs do not work directly with patients, but their work is imperative to ensure every patient achieves positive health outcomes.

This can be a great starting point for more introverted personality types looking to quickly begin a new career path, become comfortable in a hospital environment, build valuable skills, and truly help those in need. 

Here is the primary general distinction:

  • Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for sterilizing equipment needed for medical procedures. Their duties are primarily outside of the operating room; however, their job function is critical to the operating room.
  • Surgical Technologists are responsible for aseptic technique, understanding surgical procedures and instruments, maintaining the sterile field, passing instruments during the sequence of the procedure, as well as many other duties. They function as the masters of aseptic technique in the operating room.

Job titles, duties and responsibilities can vary between different healthcare institutions. Different states might have their own unique restrictions for who is qualified to handle what responsibilities. Some states require that the surgical technologist have a current certification for employment. Some surgical technologists handle the sterilization of equipment as well.

Earning your associate degree and becoming a certified surgical technologist is your ticket to becoming an indispensable member of a surgical team, handle many different types of tasks and become highly valuable to employers.

Becoming a sterile processing technician begins by getting educated!

While formal education isn’t always required to earn your first entry-level job as a sterile processing technician, you will position yourself to flourish in the role—and open doors to future career possibilities—by building your knowledge and skills with the support of experienced faculty and staff dedicated to your success.

Both certificate and diploma programs are field-specific credentials that do not include general education courses required in a degree program. Each can typically be completed faster than an associate degree program.

Certificates are typically the least comprehensive programs, providing the minimum career-focused training necessary to perform a certain type of job.

Diploma programs tend to be more in-depth than certificates, and can include hands-on experience to best prepare you for a wider variety of jobs in the field you’re pursuing.

Herzing University’s diploma programs exist to help you build the foundation for a long career beyond your very first job. Our diploma programs are designed to help you begin and grow your new career.

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Sterile processing represents both a good job option and potential springboard to a multitude of career possibilities. If you’re looking to get started fast in a new healthcare career path, sterile processing might be perfect for you.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical equipment preparers earn an average annual salary of $47,410 per year ($22.79 per hour).*

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1. Certification in this program is not a state requirement.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

My advice to all students is to simply push forward! You are never too old to finish, and you are never too busy to reach your dreams.

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Diploma in Sterile Processing Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$515.00
Base Tuition$12,360.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (18 x $515.00 )(-$9,270.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$3,090.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$545.00
Estimated Total Fee*$545.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
21
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
246
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$13,450.00$3,635.00
Estimated Savings*
$9,815.00

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Available to applicants who attended a college or university that closed within the last 12 months and were attending within 120 days of the school closure date

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Must be enrolled in a comparable program at Herzing University, submit a copy of an official transcript from the closed school, and complete the Closed School Discharge Disclosure

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The Crisis Support Grant is an emergency grant for active students experiencing a financial crisis

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GPA requirements must be met. All applicants must be actively enrolled in a degree-seeking program, have a record of good conduct, and financial standing with the university

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All Herzing University students are eligible to apply via the formal application process outlined below. Students must apply prior to the start of either semester in their last academic year before graduation. The application period is open during the summer semester.

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To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must be actively enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in good academic standing and plan to enroll in the Fall. In addition, an applicant must be a female resident of Wisconsin and have a financial need as determined by Herzing University based on eligibility for the Pell Grant.

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