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What does a Surgical/Sterile Processing Tech do?

A Surgical Sterile/Processing Technician receives, documents, packages, sterilizes, stores, and/or issues instruments, equipment, and supplies for patient care. In addition to the sterile processing responsibilities, the technician must also be able to assist in the care of patients of all ages before, during, and after surgical procedures by performing scrub duties and related functions as a member of the surgical team. The technician maintains patient safety, privacy, and confidentiality, and complies with legal aspects of patient care. The technician complies with sterilization standards for handling sharp or contaminated instruments.

Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
According to Burning Glass jobs data, Surgical Technologists will see available jobs grow 9% over the next ten years
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

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

This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.

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“I had a great experience with MedCerts, I had a health issue during the end of my course. They called me often to check up on me and I was able to finish the medical assistant course. Thank you MedCerts for helping me stay focused, I now get offers on jobs for Medical Assistants”

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ST 9000 Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician

The Surgical/Sterile Processing Tech program is ideal for individuals who are meticulous and who desire to be part of a highly skilled team in a growing field. To be successful, individuals must be able to work in stressful and emergency situations. They must be able to act quickly and accurately, and work well with other people. Because of the physical requirements of the job, techs must generally have strong manual dexterity and physical stamina.

The standard for performance in the operating room is set high, and there is little to no tolerance for careless mistakes or inattentiveness. Surgical Technologists, along with all other operating room personnel, must be able to learn to manage stress and thrive within these expectations. While much of this is gained from experience, solid organizational skills are required from day one. The surgical technologist must be able to remain focused and attentive to details. Above all, teamwork and professionalism are an absolute must.

This program is designed for those that might be new to the field, or for experienced hospital/surgical staff seeking a career change, upskilling, (re)certification, or higher earning power. Because every hospital or surgical center in the U.S. has a need for this role, there are ample opportunities in most geographic areas.

This program prepares students to become Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). After passing the TS-C exam, full certification is obtained after a documented 125 surgical cases have been performed. Professionals who earn the NCT designation have the clinical skills and knowledge for maintaining asepsis during surgery, anticipating the surgeon’s needs, and remaining attentive to all aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure a safe environment for the patient.

**PLEASE NOTE: 1) This program does not meet state licensing or regulatory requirements for Surgical Technicians in the following states: ID, IL, MA, NV, NY, SC, TN, TX, and VA. 2) While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate pre-requisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.

skills gained

  • Understand basic human anatomy and utilize medical terminology in order to effectively communicate in a healthcare facility
  • Sterilize medical equipments and instruments
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipments
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
Surgical/Sterile Processing Tech Certification Online Classes Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
Surgical/Sterile Processing Tech Certification Training Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Surgical/Sterile Processing Tech Certification Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

courses taken

PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
2 weeks

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
  • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
  • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
6 weeks

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.

  • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
  • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
  • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
  • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
  • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 6014

Sterile Processing

96 hours
6 weeks

Sterile Processing is a comprehensive course with insight into the role of the professional central service technician as a member of the healthcare team. Video-based lessons include topics of infection control with performance of cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, inspection, packaging and sterilization tasks for reusable basic and complex surgical instruments or devices. The central service department’s role in ancillary department support, customer service, teamwork and task priorities will be a key focus. Inventory management, recordkeeping and quality control will be addressed in relationship to the responsibilities of the successful central service technician.

In this course, students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging education. An immersive environment and interactivities will provide the student opportunities to practice key skills performed as a central service technician. In addition to video-based instruction and 3D environments, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment and inspiration throughout training.

  • Accumulate basic knowledge and skills required of the effective Central Service Technician
  • Adhere to OSHA, patient safety, infection control and bloodborne pathogen standard requirements
  • Demonstrate cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, preparation, packaging and sterilization tasks
  • Identify inventory management, sterile storage, and transport procedures with quality control and assurance
  • Discuss accuracy and completeness of data entry, incident reporting and records management
  • Explain effective customer service, teamwork, work groups and task priorities for the Central Service Department

Surgical Technology

160 hours
10 weeks

Surgical Technology is a comprehensive course designed to prepare students to achieve the status of Tech in Surgery ­– Certified. Emphasis is placed on preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative duties and knowledge. This course includes topics related to infection control, use of personal protective equipment, sterile technique, decontamination and sterilization standards, and surgical instrumentation and equipment. It also addresses surgical pharmacology, aspects of medical law related to the healthcare setting, support of the operative patient, and safety in the operating room.

  • Learn the skills and knowledge for the competent, entry-level Surgical Technologist
  • Understand the instrumentation and equipment used in the operating room
  • Develop a strong surgical conscience, accountability, and understanding of actions
  • Instill appropriate ethical, professional, and respectful values while providing patient care
PS 1011 2
HI 1014 6
HI 6014 6
ST3000 10
Total Program Duration 24 Week

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Surgical/Sterile Processing TechJob Opportunities

Surgical Technician

$33,000 – $58,000
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Sterile Processing Technician

$26,000 – $45,000
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Central Service Technician

$26,000 – $45,000
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