Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Program

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Program Type



Delivery Method

On Campus


Course Length

9 Months

Program Objective

This certificate program gives you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to perform as a capable entry-level sterile processing technician. At Pima Medical Institute, courses cover important topics such as knowledge of surgical instruments, microbiology, medical equipment, surgical terminology, storage and distribution. Sterilization and decontamination skills will also be developed.

All Locations

Find this program at one of the following Pima Medical Institute campuses.

Careers as a Sterile Processing Technician

When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.

Clinical Externships

At Pima Medical Institute, most programs allow students to work in their field through clinical externships—a chance to be mentored by full-time professionals and interface with real patients.

In addition to real-world experience, clinical externships offer students resume-worthy opportunities, letters of recommendation from supervisors, and sometimes job placement directly after graduation.

Program Outline

Learn more about the courses in this program.

Career Prep Sequence

CSK 100
Study Skills*
CAT 150
Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology*
CCB 100
Computer Basics*
CMF 95
Math Fundamentals*
CHS 100
CPR & First Aid*

Professional Sequence I

CSP 105
Surgical Instruments
CSP 110
Microbiology and Infection Control
CSP 100
Principles and Practices of Sterile Processing

Professional Sequence II

CSP 120
Sterilization Procedures and Practice
CSP 130
Storage and Distribution

Professional Sequence III

CSP 140
Decontamination Procedures and Practice
CSP 150
Medical Equipment
CSP 115
Surgical Terminology


CSP 180
CSP 190
Certification Review

Interested In Starting This Program?

Find out more about our Admissions Requirements or view our How To Apply page.

Success Is Within Reach

We are truly invested in making sure our students succeed.

“I learned so much at Pima Medical and felt like they prepared me for this career. I am working at Lovelace Hospital as a Sterile Processing Technician (SPT). Basically, I take the instruments used in the operating room for a specific surgery, reprocess them from dirty to sterile instruments and then reorganize them in preparation for the next surgery.”

Adam Gutierrez, Sterile Processing Technician Graduate

Pima Medical Blog

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Disclosures And Accreditations

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