What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Sterile Processing Technician

About the Program

The Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) role is essential to the successful operation of both inpatient and outpatient surgical facilities. These medical professionals carry out duties that include reprocessing various surgical instruments and equipment.  During the reprocessing phase SPTs decontaminate, package, and sterilize items.  Upon sterilization, these technicians proceed to stock and track sterile items. As healthcare continues to evolve, so does the demand for highly trained professionals. Sterile Processing Technicians are a critical component in the team of professionals ensuring the safety of all surgical patients.

The main duty of a Sterile Processing Technician is to insure that instruments used by medical personnel are contaminant-free.  In the Sterile Processing Technician program students are instructed on proper techniques to clean and sterilize medical instruments and to understand microbiology and infection control methods.  Students learn the proper names and categories of medical instruments and how to properly transfer and store instruments to keep them contaminant-free.  The 80 hour non-credit certificate program is offered entirely online. 

After successful completion of this online program students will be eligible to take one of the exams for national certification as a Sterile Processing Technician.

Class Schedule

Online! Start anytime!


$795 (Includes textbook, workbook and fee for national exam.)

To Register

You may register online or by email. We will collect the same data used for a traditional face to face class but we will also need your email address.

Payment methods include cash, check, credit/debit card, or money order. Once you register and pay the $795 class fee, you’ll be emailed the instructions for logging into the class.

CE Class Registration (The Name of Class is: Sterile Processing Technician SPDO 05 01)

Email ce@iwcc.edu