Sep 29, 2023  
2019-20 College Catalog 
2019-20 College Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Sterile Processing Certificate Information

The certificate is designed to provide students with the scope of the central service profession with an understanding of the scientific principles that underlie the daily work. Emphasis is placed on the decontamination and sterilization of instruments. The certificate includes organizational reporting structures, safety issues, government and voluntary regulatory bodies and standards for the central service area of healthcare institutions.

Department of Nursing


Toledo Campus



Catherine Ford, Dean Health Technologies 121B    (567) 661-7398
Irene K. Jones, Chair, Nursing Programs Heritage Hall 204E (567) 661-2111
Michelle Shephard, Assistant Chair, Lab Operations, Nursing Heritage Hall 209P (567) 661-7475
Alison Chamberlain, Assistant Chair, Clinical Operations, Nursing Heritage Hall 204F (567) 661-7233
Veronica Burgert, Chair, Medical Assisting Certificate Health Technologies 324 (567) 661-2268
Lori Maynard, Chair, Surgical Programs and Sterile Processing Certificate    Health Technologies 427 (567) 661-7310
Michelle Shepard, Assistance Chair, Lab Operations, Nursing Program    Heritage Hall 204A (567) 661-7475 
Jill Weiland, STNA Program Manager Bicentennial Hall 425A (567) 661-7654

Student Learning Outcomes

Student will be able to:

  • Apply scientific principles to the processing of sterile supplies and instruments.
  • Identify a variety of methods for storage, inventory and distribution of equipment and supplies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to acknowledge and respect ethnic and cultural diversity within the healthcare system.
  • Achieve interpersonal communication skills to successfully deal with peers, administration and vendors. 

Progression/Completion Requirements

All students enrolled in the certificate must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for this certificate.

Certification Exam

Students who complete this certificate will be eligible to take the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician exam offered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD), 121 State Highway 31 N., Suite 500, Flemington, NJ 08822. 1-800-555-9765, web address

Employment Opportunities

Sterile Processing technologists will be prepared for positions in Central Sterile Processing in Hospitals, clinics and other Healthcare agencies. Certificate holding Sterile Processing Technologists may work in areas of decontamination; preparation; packaging; and sterilization. Hours of employment vary greatly as shifts may be day, evening, night, or weekend.

Required for this position is a high school diploma and certification from a training program specialized for Sterile Processing Technologists. The functions of Sterile Processing Technologists are absolutely necessary in protecting the health of the surgical patient.

National Hourly Rate Data
Hourly Rate $9.71-$19.49
Overtime $8.79-$26.59
National Annualized Data
Total Pay $20,465-$41,982