Sterile Processing

The Sterile Processing Technician program provides an overview of the sterile processing profession and equips the participant with knowledge and skills to obtain an entry level position in the Sterile Processing and Distribution department in a hospital or outpatient facility. Emphasis is placed on the profession of sterile processing, basic science, infection control, aseptic technique, sterilization, instrumentation identification, safety, inventory management and distribution, quality assurance, professional development and current trends in healthcare impacting sterile processing. Upon completion, the student will be eligible to apply to sit for the national certification exam.

Course Objectives

This course covers a lot of information and the main course objectives to understand:

  • Examine an overview of the Sterile Processing department and recognize the  role in patient care
  • Define the role and responsibilities of the sterile processing technician
  • Explain organizational structure in the hospitals or other healthcare facilities
  • Define and discuss professionalism
  • List and discuss career opportunities in sterile processing and material management

Course Specific Information

All students are responsible for:

  • Successful completion of random drug screening and background check.  Failure to take or pass the random drug screening or background check will result in immediate dismissal from the program.  (No refunds will be issued for the program.)
  • Required health immunizations. Cost varies based on immunization status.
    • TB Skin Test
    • MMR (two are required within lifetime)
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Flu
    • Tetanus (optional but recommended every ten years)

Clinical Rotations:

  • Clinical partners have different health and vaccination requirements. These are the responsibility of the student and the cost is not included in the registration fee. Failure to produce documentation of positive health and vaccination requirements will result in termination from the program without a refund.
  • Clinical rotations may be conducted: day-shift,  7:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.; night-shift, 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., or weekends based on assigned clinical partner. The last four weeks are blocked off on your schedule during which you will obtain your 103 clinical hours. Students are required to complete 103 hours of clinical externship to successfully complete the program.
  • Clinical sites are assigned by the Clinical Coordinator.  Refusal of assigned clinical site may result in failure of the program.
  • Students must attend 100% of total clinical hours.
  • Transportation to clinical assignment.


Upon completion of the Sterile Processing Technician program, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Jefferson State Community College and students are encouraged to take a national certification examination in accordance with certifying body guidelines.  IAHCSMM’s CRCST certification requires that you pass the certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands-on experience in a CS department.  Your clinical hours will be applied to this requirement.

Registration Information

Registration can be completed via online, walk-in or postal mail.

Walk-in registration is accepted during our regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Jefferson Campus
2601 Carson Road
George Wallace Hall, Office 202
Birmingham, AL 35215

Shelby-Hoover Campus
4600 Valleydale Road
Health Science Building, Office 432
Birmingham, AL 35242

Course Fee



Courses are offered on an ongoing basis and we offer open enrollment. To view a complete schedule, go to the following link: Click Here

Scholarship Opportunities 

Career Pathways:
Jefferson State Community College’s Adult Education program and the Center for Workforce Education have partnered to provide Fast Track career classes to Adult Education students. The Fast Track career classes lead to the skills necessary to obtain employment. These classes can be completed in a few weeks or a few months. Career Pathways allows qualifying students to benefit from activities related to workplace readiness, academic and career counseling, and academic preparation while enrolling in selected Non-Credit Fast Track programs.

Local Alabama Career Centers provide WIOA scholarship opportunities to qualifying students for some programs. (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act). These are for low-income students/students who have recently been laid off from their jobs.

If you are aged 50 or older, AARP offers scholarships to eligible students. You do not have to be an AARP member to receive a scholarship. If you are interested in an AARP scholarship, respond back and I will provide the dates of upcoming Information Sessions. You may also check the web site