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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Central Sterile Processing Technician?
A. Central Sterile Processing technicians or Central Service Technicians play a critical role in preventing infection by sterilizing, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing, and distributing medical supplies. The central service department of a health care facility is the center of all activity surrounding supplies and equipment needed for surgery and patient care.

Q. When does the program start and what is the target review date for the program?
A. The program begins every semester and applications are taken all year round.

Q. What are the program requirements?
A.  To be eligible for the Central Sterile Processing program you must be a current student at Miami Dade College and submit a milestone review at the Program Requirements page.

Q. Can I request a milestone review if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. There are no required general education or science courses.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Career Technical Certificate.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. This is an evening program with courses beginning at 5:00 PM.

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. 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.

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

For more information, visit our industry certification page.

Questions about this or other programs at the Medical Campus?

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New Student Center - Room 1113

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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