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Sterile Processing Technician

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Degree Type
6-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
Less than 1 year

Start Date

How You'll Learn

  • Hybrid
  • Daytime

Sterile processing technicians provide patient care services in the healthcare facility by maintaining the equipment and supplies used in hospital and clinical settings. Learn the principles, procedures and skills needed to process, package, sterilize and distribute tools and equipment used in surgery and other patient care areas.

Please note: Health programs require multiple vaccinations, including flu shots. Deadlines vary by program.

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

Sterile processing technicians work independently and as part of a team. If you have an interest in the medical field, are an active listener, detail-oriented team player with a penchant for organization, this may be a career to explore.

  • Central Service Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Processing Technician
  • Supply Processing Technician
  • Medical Equipment Preparer
Technical Standards

The students enrolled in the Sterile Processing Technician program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Sterile Processing Technician program are representative of those found in the Sterile Processing Technician profession.

Review the Sterile Processing Technician Technical Standards.

High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$30,100 – $46,700 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

This program does not qualify for financial aid.

Questions? Contact your academic advisor.

Clinical Site Compliance

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Life Office.

Review the background check overview.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Get into the workforce quickly with this short-term, one-semester program.
  2. After completing 400 hours of on-the-job experience, graduates can take the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) certification exam.
  3. Current employees in the field can complete this program and then take the HSPA certification exam.

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