Sterile Processing Technician

Program Type: Hybrid
Program Level: Continuing Education
Department: Continuing Education
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Sterile Processing Technician program?

This program/course prepares for the Certified Sterile Processing Technician (CSPDT). Sterile Processing Technicians (SPTs) prepare surgical instruments and devices. They clean, inspect, test, sterilize, store and deliver devices needed for surgery in a healthcare facility. The sterile Processing program will prepare students for the national standards and federal regulations that guide their practice to ensure safe and effective processing of medical and surgical devices. The courses will cover the core competency areas including regulations and standards, life sciences, decontamination equipment and practices, high-level disinfection, packaging materials and methods, care, handling, testing and inspection of surgical instruments and devices, sterilization (all methods), processing patient care equipment and sterile storage and distribution. (Exam Voucher Included)

**Student Background Disclaimer:

Many healthcare-related positions require applicants to undergo a criminal background fingerprint test and/or drug screening. A criminal history may prevent licensing, certification or employability.
As you are considering a CE program that requires a criminal background/fingerprint test and/or drug screening, are responsible:
  • For knowing whether if they are eligible for licensure or certification before committing to a CE program, and
  • Contacting the respective certification agency to find out if a conviction will prohibit them from being certified and able to work in the industry.
  • Contacting legal counsel to discuss an existing criminal background prior to applying to Alamo Colleges District Continuing Education for guidance.


  • Sterile Processing - SRGT-1040
  • Sterile Processing Lab/Externship - SRGT-1060
  • Sterile Processing Cert Review - SRGT-1091


Program Information

Time Commitment

200 Contact Hours

8 Week Training


Certified Sterile Processing Technician (CSPDT)

Career Outlook

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Program Requirements      CE Allied Health Requirements Checklist

Possess proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking skills)

You are at least eighteen (18) years of age

Some High School

Must have access to computer/tablet and internet


Externship Requirements

  • Students who wish to secure their placement in the upcoming Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) program, must complete the list of immunizations and other requirements below, prior to attending the SPT Clinical Lab and Externship. Failure to complete the requirements listed, will prevent students from participating in externships and earning their certification credentials.
    • Background Check Drug Screen CPR/BLS Tuberculosis (TB) Test Results (within 1 yr.) Flu Meningitis MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Hepatitis A 1st Hepatitis A 2nd Hepatitis B 1st Hepatitis B 2nd Hepatitis B 3rd Varicella 1st Varicella 2nd Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) COVID (full vaccine & booster)



Effective January 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023

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Contact Information

CE Tier 2

Phone: 210-212-5266 (Option 4)
Campus: District Support Office

CE Specialist

Vanessa Bailey
Phone: 210-485-0845
Campus: District Support Office (DSO)


Additional Information

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