Professional Development

Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician

What does a Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician do?

A Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician combines the duties of a Surgical Technologist and a Sterile Processing Technician. This position receives, documents, packages, sterilizes, stores, and/or issues instruments, equipment and supplies for patient care as well as assists the surgical team and deals directly with the patient.


Where Can You Work?

A surgical/sterile processing technician most often works in hospitals or hospital systems with operating rooms.



24 Weeks


High School Diploma or GED

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Program applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Associate’s degree, or higher
  • Enrolled in college/university-level degree program related to medical field Hold current certification in Sterile Processing, or related field.
  • Min. two (2) yrs related experience: Surgical technology experience not required, but must be w/in clinical/medical/healthcare environment. Direct patient care experience required.
  • Employer Sponsorship: Sponsorship Acknowledgement form signed by prospective employer agreeing to host graduate for post-program surgical cases (scrubs) as full-time/part-time employee, extern, or apprentice – required to attain TS-C certification.

Training Materials Provided



Clinical Requirement

A clinical component is required for this program. We will assist students enrolled in this program find a clinical location. If you have any questions about the clinical requirements of this program, please discuss them with your Training Specialist.

Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this training, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the soft skill expectations of an allied healthcare professional
  • Grasp the importance of customer service, communication skills and professionalism
  • Sterilize medical equipment and instruments
  • Support the needs of the surgeon
  • Clean, decontaminate and disinfection
  • Documentation and records management
  • Distinguish preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative duties

Courses - 24 Weeks

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Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician Job Possibilities

Pharmacy Technician


$19,000 – $49,000

Patient Services Representative


$24,000 – $48,000

EMR and EHR Assistant


$35,000 – $74,000

Certification Information

Upon completion of your training, you’ll be qualified to earn your certification as a Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and the Certified Registered Central Service Technicians (CRCST) through the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA).

This program does not meet state licensing or regulatory requirements for Surgical Technologists in the following states: CT, ID, IL, MA, NV, NY, SC, TN, TX, VA, and OR.


The Tech in Surgery

Certified by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) showcases your knowledge of science and medical topics as well as surgical technical skills and safety regulations


Certified Registered Central Service Technicians

The Certified Registered Central Service Technicians certification proves that you are knowledgeable enough to adhere to the safety protocols necessary to work as a sterile processing technician.

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Payment Options

Credit Card

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option.


Short-term Loan

Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds.

Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


How long does it take to become a Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician?

You will complete the courses in this program over 24 weeks, making students job-ready in 5.5 months. The program is flexible, allowing for assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.

Do these courses count for college credit?

No, these courses do not count for college credit

Is the Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician training program online?

Yes, our training program is fully online and asynchronous.