Sterile Processing Technician: Online Certificate Program

A medical professional in full sterile garb working with equipment

This program is a great fit for:

Individuals interested in a career in healthcare

Recent high school graduates

Current healthcare workers looking to upskill or grow their career

Increase your earning power, gain in-demand skills, and launch your career in the medical field as a sterile processing technician. Bring your attention to detail and organizational skills to this rewarding role in a hospital, lab or clinic setting — and start your new career in as little as 14 weeks.

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Course length

14 weeks

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Weekly time commitment

16 hours

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Sterile processing technicians are vital to the operation of medical facilities. As a sterile processing technician, you are responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, disinfecting and sterilizing all the equipment used in medical facilities and ensuring that patients receive safe and effective care. A typical hospital reuses tens of thousands of medical instruments every month. Each instrument requires special cleaning and maintenance. That’s where sterile processing technicians come in!

After earning your Sterile Processing Technician Certificate, you’ll have the skills needed to enter the medical industry and jumpstart your career in healthcare.

Why Choose Siena Heights University?

Siena Heights University’s Workforce Development certificate programs were built to meet the needs of modern-day students. You can start learning as soon as today and be on the path to a fulfilling new career in just a few weeks or months.

Online and self-paced coursework

Affordable tuition

Fulfilling, flexible job opportunities

Industry-leading credentials

Clinicals included (if necessary)

Certificates matched to industry demands

Sterile processing technicians in the 90th percentile of earners in their field make more than $30 per hour.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is this Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Program right for me? 

  • Are you a good communicator who can work well with a team?  
  • Are you detail-oriented, precise and able to follow instructions carefully?  
  • Are you dexterous and comfortable working with your hands to prepare medical areas for patients?  
  • Do you have the physical stamina needed to be on your feet frequently? 

Career Paths

Sterile Processing Technician
Central Service Technician
Medical Equipment Preparer
Surgical Assistant
Surgical Technologist
Certified Nursing Assistant
Registered Nurse