August 10, 2017 Kenneth Colangelo

Certified Sterile Processing Technician

Certified Sterile Processing Technicians (CSPT) 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 multitask; and may be required to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.

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 Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD). Certification is mandatory for employment.

Admissions Requirements

Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED.

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.


This program is offered in spring, summer, and fall semesters. For detailed information on course start and end dates, check out the catalog.

Time Commitment

This 15-week course meets for 60 hours. An optional 20-hour internship experience at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford is recommended. Offered in the spring and fall.

The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is required to receive a certificate of completion for the CSPT program.

Payment and Other Important Information

  • Total cost includes tuition, textbook, Essential Job Skills course and CBSPD national exam fee.
  • Optional Internship (20 hours) fee: varies 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 & CT SNAP approved. Payment plan available.
  • SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call 860.773.1770 for details.

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.

For more information or to register, contact:

Continuing Education and Workforce Development 860.773.1448 or [email protected]

Register by Email

Complete the forms in the registration packet and email to
[email protected].

Register In Person

Register in the Continuing Education office
Monday - Friday: 10am-6pm

Register by Fax

Complete the forms in the registration packet and fax to 860.606.9732.

Register by Mail

Registration and payment information must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.  Registration forms must be completed in full.  Make checks/money orders out to Tunxis Community College.

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

Contact: Continuing Education and Workforce Development

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