Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile processing Technicians are skilled healthcare professionals who sterilize, process and store medical/surgical supplies and equipment used for patient care.

Career Outlook

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. Recent advances in medical technology have made surgery safer which has led to an increase in surgical procedures and an increased demand for Sterile Processing experts. The median annual wage for sterile processing technicians was $33,770 in May 2018.

Class Overview

The Kishwaukee College-Sterile Processing Technician is a non-credit program that consists 75 hours of classroom instruction and a 10-hour-observation in a hospital sterile processing lab. The purpose of the course is to provide training in the professional skills required to function as a Sterile Processing Technician and to prepare students to pass the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician Certification Exam.

Due to the inherent requirements of the profession, the following minimum abilities are expected of each student: at least a 10th grade Math and English (speaking and reading) level; psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected) sufficient for safe and successful practice Sterile Processing duties.

Observation Overview

Observations are coordinated by Kishwaukee College-Community Education. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the observation site.

Payment Plans

The cost of the class is $1,200. This cost includes textbooks and supplies. Federal and State financial aid are not available to offset the cost of the Sterile Processing Technician program. A payment plan is available.


Free Information Sessions will be held on November 13, 2019 & January 8, 2020 (6-7pm) in room A1221.


A mandatory Orientation Session will be held on January 14, 2020, 7-8pm in Room B1274 for students who are registered for the Spring 2020 session.

Dates Days Time Cost Location Course code
Spring 2020          
January 21 - May 5, 2020 T/TH 6:00pm - 9:00pm $1,200 Kishwaukee College-B1274 ce 086 5001
Summer 2020          
May 12 - August 18, 2020 T/TH 6:00pm - 9:00pm $1,200 Kishwaukee College ce 086 1001

Spring 2020 Sterile Processing Technician Program Information Sheet

Spring 2020 Sterile Processing Technician Program Flyer

Contact Information

For general inquiries or questions, please email or call Melissa Gallagher at 815-825-9466

Students must be at least 18 years of age to register for the Sterile Processing Technician program.