Central Sterilization Technician

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Central Sterilization Technicians prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. They may perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Class Schedule, Length & Delivery

Open Enrollment


Monday through Thursday


5:00 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. 

Program Length

15 weeks

Course Delivery

In person, remote and online

Qualifications to Start

Before you start this class, you must:

  • Meet minimum TABE Reading (550) and Math (519) scores
  • Attend a program information session
  • Complete the 7.5-week Allied Health Customer Service Program

Job Information

Career Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sterilization Technicians  can expect a median annual wage of $38,000, or $18.27 per hour nationally.

Places You Can Work

Prepare to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgery centers

Positions You Can Have

Gain skills to work in positions such as:

  • Instrument Repair Specialist
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Services Assistant
  • Traveling Sterile Processing Technician

What You Will Learn

The program will address various topics related to the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of patient equipment. In addition, it will assist the student in understanding the basic hard skills necessary to provide a safe product for patient use.

You will learn the basics of sterile processing including:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Decontamination
  • Disinfection Processes
  • Processing Patient Care Equipment
  • Anatomy / Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Infection Prevention
  • Preparation & Packaging of Instruments and Specialty Devices
  • Types of Surgical Instruments and specialty devices
  • Sterilization
  • Inventory Control, storage & distribution
  • Sterile Storage

Completion and Certifications

Upon successful completion, students earn:

  • Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center Certificate of Completion
  • Customer Service from NRF
  • National CSPDT Certification (CBSPD Certification Board) from CBSPD
Central Sterilization Technician.

I am very grateful to the BEOC. After completing the program, I was able to obtain employment.

- Obiamaka A.

For more information, contact Admissions




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