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Program Overview

The Central Sterile Processing Technology Certificate Program provides students with the essential experience, knowledge and skills required to become integral members of a surgical team.

Students are taught safe and efficient work practices to ensure that medical equipment and devices are sterilized, operational, and packaged for procedures.

Their work ensures that patients avoid infections, and that doctors, nurses and allied health professionals can gain access to instrumentation and equipment needed to conduct procedures.

  • Preparation for Certification Exam

    The C.S.P.D.T. certification exam

  • Short Program

    This program takes 8 months (2 semesters)

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Program Details

The Central Sterile Processing Technology Program is a Career Technical Education Certificate program that is a one to two semester course of study requiring 21.66 CTE credits (650 contact hours). Courses are offered mainly in the evening; there may also be a few morning offerings.

The Central Sterile Processing Technology Program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the essential skills to become integral members of a surgical team. This program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time accelerated program.

To facilitate the clinical portion of the program, students are assigned to a clinical facility within Miami-Dade County. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and to various agencies in the community to which they are assigned for clinical experiences. Students enrolled in the clinical portion of the program are required to complete the Miami Dade College Student Health Record and criminal background check process. Areas of study in this program include:

Areas of Study:
  • Introduction to Healthcare
  • Introduction to Healthcare Lab
  • Central Sterile Services Materials Management
  • Central Sterile Processing Technician

Career Propects:

Students who pursue this course of study may be employed in job roles such as:

  • Surgical Technology
  • Operating Room Technician
  • Central Sterile Technician
  • Sterile Processing Technician

Program Location

Apply to earn six (6) College Credits towards a degree in Surgical Technology.

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