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Sterile Processing Technician

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Take the next step in becoming a sterile processing technician. Are you looking for a hands-on job that will give you an inside peek at the medical world? With the sterile processing technician certification course from Nebraska Methodist College, you can enter a field that puts you in a hospital setting in a matter of weeks.

Sterile processing technicians have a crucial role to play in surgery. As a technician, you'll be responsible for cleaning and sterilizing surgical equipment before and after procedures.

A rewarding position in and of itself, sterile processing is a great entry point for individuals who want to pursue a career in the operating room. The transition to surgical technologist and other positions is natural, and students can choose to work throughout college while they pursue a degree in allied health.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical equipment preparers in the United States had a median salary of $38,800 per year ($18.65 per hour) in May 2020, with a much faster than average projected job growth of 14% between 2019 and 2029.

Program Perks
  • Non-credit, online course with hands-on clinicals held at Methodist Hospital
  • Six weeks to complete
  • Successful students will receive a course completion certificate and become eligible to take the the Sterile Processing Technician exam through The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD)
  • Students who pass the CBSPD exam will be entitled to use CSPDT credentials.

Admissions Information


  • Must be 18 years of age by the beginning of the course
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Required to undergo a criminal background check
  • Required to complete a health history form and provide proof of current immunizations. Form and immunization record must be brought to the first class meeting. There is a reduced rate for immunizations received by Campus Health for students who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Registration Process

The following items must be submitted in order to complete the registration process and secure your place in the class:

  • Online registration
  • Payment of tuition
  • Proof of immunizations (required 1st week of class)

Start Dates

Class size is limited, please register early to ensure your spot.

Courses start four different times throughout the year. Click here to register for the next available class.

Costs & Requirements

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Course Cost


Dress Requirements

Scrubs will be required but provided to you at your clinical. Closed toed shoes are required.


See the Immunization requirements and view locations for a titer or vaccination


If you're accepted into the course after completing the application and application requirements, a $200 deposit is required to hold your seat in the course. The remaining balance, $580, is due two weeks prior to the first day of the course.

Meet the Faculty

Our sterile processing technician program faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter, and it shows.

Meet the Faculty
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Additional information


Students will complete coursework online at the rate of one module per week.

Weekly content examinations will take place online, and successful completion is required in order to participate in clinicals.

Clinicals will be held every Saturday at Methodist Hospital.

Refund Policy

If you need to drop the class and would like to receive a 100% refund, a drop request may be done 2 weeks prior to course start date. You may also change to another class if there is room in other classes and it is more than 2 weeks before the course. If it is 2 weeks or less before the course you must call or email your drop request and a late cancellation fee of $200 will be assessed and any books received must be returned unmarked.

Students may receive a 50% tuition refund up to the 1st hospital clinical day. After the first clinical day, no refunds will be given.

Non-participation is not considered a drop request and does not relieve the student from the obligation to pay for the course.

If you are unable to continue your course and you have received approval from the Director of Professional Education, you may be able join the next course (if seats are available). This requires a $100 non-refundable change request fee. If that student needs to change courses a second time they must re-enroll.