Central Sterile Processing

Sterilization MachineThe Central Sterile Processing curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the field of Sterile Processing and Central Service Supply.

Students will develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store, and distribute both sterile and non-sterile supplies and equipment for patient care. Also, students will learn to operate various sterilization units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process.

Course Descriptions



The Central Sterile Processing Program (CSP) at Fayetteville Technical Community College follows the standards and recommended practices as outlined in the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

After successfully completing all didactic and clinical experience required for entry-level competency, Central Sterile Processing students are eligible to take the National Certification Exam offered through the Certification Board or Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).

Website: AAMI | Website: CBSPD

Program Outcomes

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

– Understand and follow decontamination procedures
– Prepare and package supplies, instruments and equipment for sterilization
– Monitor the process of steam, Ethylene Oxide, dry heat, and liquid chemical sterilization
– Maintain product sterility
– Distribute storage, inspect, and control inventory of supplies, instruments and equipment

Career Paths

Graduates will receive a certificate and may be eligible to apply to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel Examination (CBSPD). Employment opportunities include surgery centers, dialysis facilities, and central processing units in hospitals.

Employment Outlook

A student must complete all pre-requisites and gain competitive points in order to apply for approval to the Central Sterile Processing program.

Once approved for a Health program, students will be provided with information regarding books, uniforms, supplies and equipment, and any additional program requirements.

Competitive Points

As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system. The Competitive Points Worksheet outlines all the possible points a prospective student can earn.

Information Sessions

Attendance at the information session is mandatory. Students who do not attend will automatically be removed from the list of prospective applicants, and will not be considered for the admissions process.

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Item In-State Cost Out-of-State Cost

Tuition & Fees



Certification Application & Exam Fee



Malpractice Insurance



NCAHCSP Membership (Optional)



Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen



Books & Supplies






Graduation Fee



Total (Estimate subject to change without notice)



Qualification Possible Points

3-6 months experience in a health/human service related field


6-12 months or more experience in a health/human service related field


Honors, awards, scholarships, or memberships in honorary societies


One of two co-requisite courses completed with a 3.0 or higher
(example: ENG 101 or course equivalent & CIS 110 or 113)


All co-requisite courses completed with a 3.0 or higher
(example: ENG 101 or course equivalent & CIS 110 or 113)


No observation in health or human services related field


Volunteer/community/human service experience (Offices held, if any)


Professionalism: Inappropriately dressed (tight clothing, midriff exposed, short shorts, unprofessional appearance) or late arrival, etc.


Professionalism: On time, neat, clean and appropriate dress; consistent eye contact; well composed; reasonably assertive; pleasant


Total Possible Points


No associate degree currently available.

No diploma programs currently available.

Central Sterile Processing Certificate (C45180)

Length: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: High School Graduate or GED
Award: Certificate

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