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Sterile Processing Technician


  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Vaccination documentation (prior to class). Print and complete the Immunization Form. Your Healthcare provider must complete and sign the required immunizations section. Email completed form to [email protected]
  • Background check set up by IWCC (as class begins).
  • Drug screen set up by IWCC (as class begins).


For current schedule and to register, click on this link Schedule/Registration and seach "Sterile Processing." 

Cost $755

Includes textbook and workbook. The fee for the National Exam is not included.  

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

Education 2 Employment (E2E) provides FREE tuition assistance to eligible residents of Iowa. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. 
Contact Rachel at [email protected] or (712) 325-3268 for more information!

About the Program

Learn the 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. After successful completion of this program and documented work hours, students will be eligible to take the exams for National Certification as a Sterile Processing Technician.

Career Information

The main duty of a Sterile Processing Technician is to insure that instruments used by medical personnel are contaminant-free These medical professionals carry out dutes that include reprocessing various surgical instruments and equipment. During the reprocessing phase SPTs decontaminate, package, and sterilize
items. Upon sterilizaton, thesetechnicians proceed to stock and track sterile items. As healthcare contnues
to evolve, so does the demand for highly trained professionals. Sterile Processing Technicians are a critcal
component in the team of professionals ensuring the safety of all surgical patents.Career Coach Sterile Processing Technician