The Sterile Processing diploma program at Herzing University prepares graduates for employment in medical facilities responsible for the preparation of surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment essential for healthcare. The program offers a comprehensive introduction to health sciences, covering medical terminology, communication, and computer skills. Students receive instruction in various aspects, including decontamination processes, preparation, packaging, sterilization, and the sterile storage of surgical instruments and supplies. Successful completion of the diploma program qualifies students for entry-level positions in sterile processing.


Upon program completion, graduates can register for either the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) Certification exam or the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Provisional Certification exam. Note that obtaining the Full CRCST Certification requires 400 hours of hands-on experience within six months of passing the certification exam. This hands-on experience is not provided within the Herzing University curriculum. Certification is currently a requirement for employment in specific states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Effective Communication: Communicate effectively and professionally with all members of a diverse sterile processing and surgical team.
  • Critical Thinking: Apply logical and critical thinking skills in relation to sterile processing job duties.
  • Safe Handling: Demonstrate safe handling of surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies used in surgical patient care.
  • Identification Skills: Identify surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment used in surgical patient care.
  • Medical Terminology: Use appropriate medical terminology related to the role of a sterile processor.
  • Computer Proficiency: Apply computer skills required in sterile processing.
  • Sterilization Cycle: Describe the cycle of sterilization as it relates to sterile processing.
  • Aseptic Technique: Demonstrate proficiency with aseptic technique in sterile processing.

Program Content:

A minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation. The program curriculum covers a range of topics essential for success in the field of sterile processing.

Financial aid

Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.


Herzing University

Herzing University is an accredited, private nonprofit institution with 11 campuses across eight states and an online division. Located in the heart of Milwaukee and founded in 1965, more than 45,000 alumni have graduated from Herzing's career-focused, flexible, and comprehensive master's, bachelor's, and associate degree, and diploma programs. The University's School of Nursing includes a competitive Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Students can also major in a variety of other fields including healthcare, technology, business, and public safety. For 11 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Herzing University as a leading institution and for some of the top online programs in the nation. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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