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Central Supply Assistant/Central Sterile Processing Technician Program


Central Supply Assistant

The Florida course of the Surgical Technology Program has 3 completion points.

Students who successfully complete the first 90 hours designated as core healthcare information qualify to receive at their request a Basic Health Care Worker Certificate.

Students who successfully complete the first 300 hours of the course  qualify to receive, at their request, a Central Supply Assistant certificate.

Students who successfully complete the entire 1330 hour Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination as a surgical technologist.

A Central Supply Assistant can work in sterile supply areas where instruments, supplies, and medical equipment are processed, sterilized or disinfected, and distributed.

Many students work in sterile supply areas and instrument rooms of surgical departments while completing school as a surgical technologist.

Average salary range is $18,000 to $24,000 per year. 

Central Sterile Processing Technician

The 500-hour course is designed to prepare students to sit for the national certification.  Prerequisite classes and the general education components of the program are offered in August of each year, with the core classes offered in the January of each year. Completion of the program qualifies the student to receive a College Credit Certificate as a Central Sterile Processing Technician (CS-CCC) who works in instrument rooms and processes instrumentation, supplies, and equipment.

Click here for more CSPD information and application packet.

Central Sterile Processing Technician Program is excellent for those who want to begin a health care career ladder or need part-time evening course completion. 

This course is available for graduates, for those working on their GED, or those needing part-time educational opportunities since it is offered from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with additional clinical experience arranged to meet your schedule. 

The required General Education courses, including Medical Terminology and an approved Anatomy and Physiology course, can also be taken online or evening/weekend timeframes.  Course completion can be accomplished in 2 semesters and provides an employment opportunity for those seeking short-time work while continuing school, as a career step ladder to other opportunities, or as a full-time professional career.

A Central Sterile Processing Technician can work in sterile supply areas where instruments, supplies, and medical equipment are processed, sterilized or disinfected, and distributed.  They can become mangers of Central Supply Departments, work with stock rooms and inventory, as store clerks and managers, work with decontamination and processing areas for endoscopy procedures, and manage the storage of those supplies, equipment, and instruments. 

More About Central Service

The Central Services Department of a health care facility is the hub of all activity surrounding supplies and equipment needed for surgery, obstetrics, and other patient care areas. Central Sterile Processing Technicians assume an important role in patient care by preventing infections.

As a Central Sterile Processing Technician, you will provide vital support in all patient care services and be responsible for knowing all of the tools used in an operating room, as well as sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.  You will also decontaminate, clean, process, assemble, store and distribute medical devices and supplies, and keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients, and inventory.

Career Opportunities

Central Services is an emerging occupation and will expand as health care becomes more specialized. 

Employment of Central Sterile Processing Technicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the volume of surgery increases. The number of surgical procedures is expected to rise as the population grows and ages. Technological advances, such as fiber optics, laser technology, robotics, and interventional radiology will also introduce new surgical procedures and equipment.

Hospitals will continue as the primary employer of Central Sterile Processing Technicians, although some employment growth is expected in offices and clinics of physicians, including ambulatory surgical centers, as well as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

With additional training, some technicians advance to Senior Central Sterile Processing Technicians who provide technical and functional supervision to other central service personnel.

Professional Titles: Central Service Aide or Assistant; Central Service Technician; Central Service Manager; Stock Room Aide, Stock Room Assistant, Inventory Specialist throughCentral Supply/Central Sterile Supply (CS/CSS) or Sterile Processing Department (SPD).





Earnings Potential

Median annual earnings of Central Sterile Processing Technicians in 2006 were $30,568. Salaries ranged from $24,450 to $36,604.

Professional Organizations:

Visit the following websites to learn more about the rewards of the Central Sterile Processing Technician profession.