Workforce & Community Education

June 14, 2018

The Continuing Education Department at Kishwaukee College will offer a short-term training program in Sterile Processing Technology this fall. Sterile Processing Technicians are health care professionals who provide support to all patient care services in a health care facility. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing and distributing medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery.

The Sterile Tech Program will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, September 4 through December 18. Classes will occur from 6-9 pm on Kishwaukee College campus in room B1274. The Sterile Processing program consists of 85 hours of instruction (75 hours of classroom instruction and a 10-hour non-paid externship in a sterile processing facility). The cost of this program is $1200 and students must be 18 to register. Registration is required.

The need for trained, Sterile Processing Technicians is growing in our community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the Sterile Processing field is expected to grow 12 percent from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

An Informational Session will occur on Tuesday, August 7 from 6-7 pm, on campus in room B1276 for anyone who is interested in the program or would like the opportunity to ask questions before registering.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education at 815-825-9466 or at Additional information can be found online at