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sterile processing technician

Join the high-growth field of health care as a central sterile processing technician, with training from Anne Arundel Community College. Our experienced and credentialed professional faculty will prepare you for a rewarding career working in a variety of medical settings to ensure the cleanliness and safety of operating rooms, tables and other equipment.

Learn more about upcoming mandatory Central Sterile Processing information sessions.

What courses will I take? 

STP-500 Central Sterile Processing Technician

OPA-337 Career Development

STP-505 Central Sterile Processing Technician: Externship 1

STP-506 Central Sterile Processing Technician: Externship 2

­STP-507 Central Sterile Processing Technician: Externship 3

STP-508 Central Sterile Processing Technician: Externship 4

What credentials can I earn?

Training consists of one face-to-face noncredit course, one online noncredit course, and a 400-hour externship (4 courses) that can be completed in six months. Students will examine the responsibilities of a central sterile processing technician in various medical settings, including general hospitals, public health clinics, private doctors’ offices and specialized surgical centers. Students will learn about inventorying tools, sterilizing equipment and ensuring the cleanliness and safety of operating rooms, tables and other equipment.

What is the job outlook?

Overall, employment of central sterile processing technicians is projected to increase by 20 percent through 2020. The average annual salary in Maryland is approximately $34,000 per year.

What will it cost?

$2,365 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees.

The course is eligible for the continuing education payment plan.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Eligible TABE score range.
  • Strong interest in the field.
  • Willingness to commit to training and employment.

What are the externship requirements?

  • Successful completion of STP 500 and OPA 337.
  • Must complete an application and be recommended by the CSP class instructor and the career development class instructor.
  • Background check (included in tuition).
  • Immunizations (may require additional student expense).
  • Externship requires the student to be available to volunteer for a MINIMUM of two eight-hour shifts during the week day at one of our partner facilities.

How do I enroll?

Register for an upcoming Central Sterile Processing information session.

Interested individuals must attend a CSP Orientation before registering for the program.
Register for Orientation (multiple dates available)