• Medical Training Institute of New York

Central Sterile Processing Technician

Central Sterile Processing Technicians play a crucial role in the healthcare system by ensuring that medical equipment and instruments are properly cleaned, sterilized, and prepared for use in surgical procedures. Their work is critical for preventing the spread of infections.


The Sterile Processing Technician program at Medical Training Institute is designed to provide students with entry-level training that will prepare them to function in the sterile processing and distribution areas of health care facilities. The program provides students with knowledge of surgical instruments, microbiology, medical equipment, surgical terminology, and storage and distribution, as well as the skills required for sterilization and decontamination. Students are also taught necessary skill sets, such as critical thinking under pressure, case preparation and management, and safety. The final externship portion of the curriculum is structured to include supervised experiences in the clinical environment that require competencies, logs, and evaluations completed by the student. At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and their externship studied and practiced their skills should have the skills to seek entry-level employment as Central Sterile Processing Technician.

What does a sterile processing technician do?

A sterile processing technician, or central service technician, is a health care professional who prepares, installs, assembles, cleans, and sterilizes all the health care and laboratory equipment used in medical exams, surgeries, and other clinical procedures. They ensure strict adherence to sterilization processes and assure that instruments, equipment, and supplies are safe for reuse across patients on a daily basis. They play an integral role in ensuring the success of surgeries. Sterile processing technicians usually work in clinics, hospitals, doctors' offices, and other settings that use medical equipment.

A sterile processing technician regularly performs several duties, including:

  • Preparing and delivering clean and sterilized instruments and equipment necessary for medical examinations, surgeries, medical carts and clinical procedures
  • Sterilizing, wrapping, organizing, and preparing medical equipment and surgical instruments into instrument trays for use during clinical procedures.
  • Laying out surgical gloves and gowns before each medical procedure
  • Collecting and manually cleaning used and contaminated medical equipment, supplies and instruments for sorting and decontamination.
  • Preparing and packing decontaminated medical tools and supplies for sterilization.
  • Operating and monitoring sterilization equipment
  • Examining supplies meticulously to ensure their cleanliness.
  • Checking and reporting any problems or issues with the sterilization equipment to surgeons or supervisors and requesting replacements
  • Maintaining records of sterilization procedures, equipment maintenance, sterilized items and supplies
  • Reordering medical and surgical supplies, controlling the inventory, and checking the expiration dates of products
  • Removing medical waste and disposing of them appropriately

Sterile processing technicians learn the most effective ways to clean, sterilize, store and inspect Medical Instruments and equipment before and after surgery. Sterile processing programs can prepare you for a career and professional certification in sterile processing and distribution.

Program Summary


  • Medical equipment
  • Medical terminology
  • Storage and distribution
  • Surgical instruments
  • Quality assurance
  • Decontamination
  • Disease control
  • Infection prevention
  • Sterile processing
  • Microbiology
  • 400 hours Clinical Externship


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Those Considering working in Surgery Room (OR)

If your goal is to become a Surgical Team Member, starting out as a sterile processing technician is a great opportunity to explore the Surgical Technology. You'll get the chance to work alongside Physicians, Registered Nurses, and Surgeons in a variety of healthcare settings, earning invaluable experience and skills along the way.


Aspiring Medical Professionals

Working as a sterile processing technician gives many of us our first taste of working in the Operating Room. You might gain inspiration to continue that career path and get a more in-depth understanding of the Surgery. It's okay to share this desire with your interviewer. It shows your dedication to the field and your willingness to learn.


Job Stability

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical equipment preparers, including sterile processing technicians, can expect a job growth of 6% from 2021 to 2031. This is as fast as the national average for all occupations. This growth might be because of an aging population that needs more health care services.


Length of Curriculum: 800 Clock hours

The 800 clock hours of the sterile processing technician consist of 200 hours of Didactic, 200 hours of Lab, and 400 Clinical Rotation Hours.

Program Type Learning Modality Hours
Central Sterile Processing Technician
  • Didactic
  • Lab
  • Clinical Internship
  • 200
  • 200
  • 400
Total Hours 800

FALL 2023

Fall 2023 Enrollment Open

Program Length: 23-40 weeks

Tuition Cost: $8,650

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This course is also part of our Surgical Technology —consisting of Sterile Processing—available for $25,950. Are you Interested in mastering Central Sterile Processing Technician? LEARN MORE

Total Program Cost:

Program Central Sterile Process Technology
Hours 720
Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100
Tuition $8,650
Technology Fees $600
Clinical Lab Fee $1,400
Total Program Cost $10,750


Registration Fee

A non-refundable Registration Fee of $100 was due during registration to reserve a seat.

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Clinical/Lab Fee

Clinical/Lab Fee is used to cover the cost of Liability insurance policy and student lab operations and to provide students with Liability Insurance at clinical rotation internship sites.

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Technology Fees:

Technology Fee provides students with Online Learning Resources, the learning management system, and the student portal.

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Students are required to purchase all textbooks on their own. Textbook costs are estimated at $700.

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Uniform Fee

Students are required to purchase MTI logo scrubs on their own. MTI logo scrubs can be purchased from the school bookstore or online at portal.mtiofnewyork.com/stores.

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Sterile Processing Technician Program is $2,688 for each of the program's four (4) quarters and a total of $10,750 for the entire program, with tuition payments, are due as follows:

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Quarter Hours Cost Per Quarter
1 200 $2,688
2 200 $2,688
3 200 $2,688
4 200 $2,688

CRCST Credential

The Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) credential from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) is ideal for entry-level technicians who possess the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to provide competent services as a central service technician. To earn certification through the IAHCSMM, Enroll in MTINY Sterile Processing Technician Program, and become a student of MTINY Surgical faculty. As a student, you receive access to MTI state-of-the Art Simulation Lab training, and completing the program will increase your chances of passing the certification exam.

Schedule of Sessions

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Morning Classes

The day program will be 7 hours per day Monday- Friday.

35 hours per week for approximately 23 weeks.

5:00 PM-10:30 PM

Evening Schedule

The Evening program will be 5 hours per day Monday- Friday.

25 hours per week for approximately 32 weeks.

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Weekend Schedule

The weekend program will be 7 hours per day Friday- Sunday.

21 hours per week for approximately 40 weeks

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