Surgical/Central Sterile Processing Technology

Contact: Carrie Nutsch, (208) 732-6715,

Janet Milligan, (208)

Trained central service and sterile processing technicians help reduce the risk of microbial exposure by maintaining and sterilizing equipment for a wide range of medical areas. This short training program can help students learn heat, steam, and chemical disinfecting and sterilization techniques as well as inventory management skills. Professionalism, teamwork, communications and medical language are stressed as students learn to pursue or maintain job opportunities in sterile processing technology.

Upon completion of the program, and once 400 hours work on the job are complted, students will be eligible to take the IAACSMM National certification exam.

You will not be able to declare this program as your major until you have met with the program director. Additional information and current application requirements can be found at:

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Upon successful completion of the Central Sterile Processing program, a student will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of the central sterile processing technician as it applies to the surgical health care team.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to gain entry level employment as central sterile processing technicians

Program Application Required: Yes