Sterile Processing Training Online

As a student in Madison School of Healthcare’s Sterile Processing Technician training, you’ll learn about the duties of the sterile processing technician, aseptic procedures, HIPAA regulations, and proper decontamination, sterilization, and packaging techniques. You’ll also receive the most up-to-date information regarding standards and regulations, sterilization and endoscopes, monitoring and recordkeeping, and personal and professional development that is vital for the compliance of any healthcare organization. Graduate in as few as 4 months.

Certification Training and Exam Package

Madison’s online Sterile Processing Technician Course also helps prepare you to take the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam. Certification can show prospective employers that you are committed to a high standard of professional achievement.


Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Building Blocks of Sterile Processing

Medical Terminology

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

Principles of Aseptic Technique

Aseptic technique defined; the reasoning for aseptic technique; clinical settings where aseptic technique is used; essential preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative aseptic practices and procedures; aseptic nontouch technique; definition of a clean technique; recommended technique for commonly performed procedures.

Bloodborne Pathogens and HIPAA Regulations

Definition of bloodborne pathogens; common bloodborne pathogens; exposure accidents in the healthcare setting; exposure control plan; universal precautions in the healthcare setting; HIPAA privacy and security rules and their implications in the sterile processing setting; difference between privacy and security; types of protected health information within the medical field.


Program Details

The Sterile Processing program is designed to provide the student the knowledge and skills required for entry-level work as a sterile processing technician. The program focuses on introductory sterile processing concepts and professional proficiencies. The program is designed to develop the comprehension learners need to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM).

Your Sterile Processing Technician Training Course Course Includes:

  • Online exams and assessments
  • Instructional and tutorial support from our experienced faculty
  • Membership in Madison School of Healthcare’s online student community
  • Interactive student portal that can be accessed anytime and anywhere from your phone, tablet, or computer
  • Preparation for the CRCST certification exam (IAHCSMM). Madison covers the cost of the exam for students who apply.*

Being here made me feel a part of something and I really would recommend it for anybody. There is no reason not to go to school, especially with a place like this, because it’s giving you the opportunity to better yourself and gain a sense of accomplishment.

— Susan Donaldson, Recent Graduate


If costly tuition has been keeping you from pursuing education and a career in sterile processing, think again. Online training tuition at Madison School of Healthcare is affordable and flexible. In addition, your fee for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam is covered by your tuition.

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Career Outlook

Sterile processing technicians play an essential role in maintaining and distributing supplies and instruments in hospitals and other medical facilities. Sterile processing technician careers are rewarding and can lend a great deal of personal satisfaction. You may work behind the scenes in a hospital or ambulatory care setting, but you’ll have a very important role in keeping patients and other healthcare professionals safe through infection control practices and aseptic procedures. The job outlook for sterile processing technician careers is excellent. As the population grows and ages, the number of surgical procedures is expected to rise. According to United States Department of Labor, job opportunities for medical equipment preparers are expected to grow faster than average through 2024, with over 7,000 new jobs being added.

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts 7,000 new medical equipment preparers jobs through 2024.


What certification is available for the Sterile Processing Diploma Program?

The Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) credential from the IAHCSMM can you give you a competitive advantage in your field, as it is nationally recognized by many employers and may possibly help open the door for more job opportunities or advancement.

Will I obtain my certification once I complete Madison’s Sterile Processing program?

Our Sterile Processing training gives you the tools needed to sit for the IAHCSMM’s CRCST Certification exam. You’ll obtain certification once you pass the certification exam, complete the necessary hands-on training hours, and meet all other state-specific requirements, if any.

Is this sterile processing tech training all online or do I get books?

Students can access the lesson materials online, but also receive printed learning guides. The textbook is shipped to students at the required point in their training program.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Ready to Get Started?

Advance your skills so you can achieve your career goals in the sterile processing field. Call 1-800-600-6253 or enroll online today.

*The cost of the certification exam will be reimbursed to the student once proof of payment for the exam is received and reviewed by Madison School of Healthcare.

Career Outlook Source:Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Data for Jobs not Covered in Detail, O*Net Online Summary Report for Medical Equipment Preparers (January 18, 2016)