Central Sterile Processing Technology, C.C.C.


PatchAre You INTERESTED in A Unique Environment in the healthcare field? 


Then the Central Sterile Processing Technology certificate program is right for you. Clinical Laboratory Sterile processing technicians work as part of an operations team in a health care organization. They play an essential role in patient safety as well as infection control. The specialized training you receive in this program includes working with advanced surgical technology such as flexible, rigid, and robotic endoscopic equipment and instrumentation.

  • This college credit certificate program will prepare you for the role of the CSPT who participates in the decontamination, cleaning, assembly, packaging, scanning, sterilizing, storage and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation, equipment and supplies throughout the facility.
  • This program can be the first step in a career ladder that leads to an associate’s degree in science specializing in surgical services, then a bachelor’s degree in science You can complete both programs right here at GCSC while working full, part time or simply continuing your education. You can progress to a master’s degree at the college of your choice by following their plan requirements.
  • Your national certification as a Central Sterile Processing Department Technologist (CSPDT) is recognized in all states.
  • If time is a factor, you can complete one of these college credit certificates first and then work on your associate degree while working full or part time.

  • Become an expert in maintaining quality control conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate the quality or performance.
  • Become an expert in the use and operation of autoclaves using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Who is eligible for the central sterile processing technology, C.C.C. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  

Central Sterile Processing Specialization: Up to 29 of the 30 Central sterile specialization college credits in the classroom, lab skills and clinical experience may be granted by validated current proof of certification as a central sterile processing technician. The remaining 15 general education courses plus an additional 19 elective credits from the approved list must be completed towards a CCC and/or AS degree in Surgical Services (HS1-AS).

 Articulation: To be eligible to graduate from GCSC, the student will have to complete at least 25% of the entire 64 credit program with Gulf Coast State College which is a minimum of 16 credit hours completed at GCSC for the AS Degree. See the program advisor to develop an education plan that fits your experience and education needs.


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.
  • Upon completion of the certificate program along with additional general education/elective courses, you can receive an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Services (Major Code: HS1- AS).

  • For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, please visit  or go to the third page of the Information/Application packet. 

How do I apply to the central sterile processing technology, c.c.c. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Courses CH
 *=HCP0001, Health Careers Core 3v
 *=HCP0120C, Basic Nursing Care 2.5v



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.




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More information about the Career Field

  • What do graduates do?
    • Participates in the decontamination, cleaning, assembly, packaging, scanning, sterilizing, storage and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation, equipment and supplies throughout the facility.
    • Operate and maintain autoclaves.
    • Maintain quality control analysis by conducting tests and inspections documenting process and ensuring compliance.
    • Works behind the scenes to make sure items are safe to use and free of bacteria.
  • Where do you work?
    • Hospitals or ambulatory care centers
    • For a physician group in a clinic setting
    • Opportunities abound, are you interested in traveling? You can apply for traveling assignments throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
  • What does your work environment look like?
    • Usually full time; may require call for nights, weekends and holidays.
    • May require work shifts greater than 8 hours
    • May require standing long hours and fast room turnovers (break down and setup) for the next case.
  • How many are there?
    • In 2014, there were 52,000 CS employees who held jobs. (O Net)
  • What are the expectations for pay?
    • Average salary is approximately $32,260 and $15.51 per hour. (O Net)
  • What is the Job Outlook forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics?   
    • Central Sterile Processing Technologist: The need for graduates is rated as “much faster than average with an increase of 14% or higher is expected by 2024” which is approximately 18,100 job openings between 2014 and 2024.
  • What is the program’s Placement Rate?
    • 100% were hired as an entry level central sterile processing technologist.
  • What can I do with this Major?
    • Go on to obtain an associate’s degree in surgical services and then a bachelor’s degree in  organizational management at GCSC or in healthcare or business management at other institutions.
    • Move into management of a central sterile supply or inventory department.
    • You can move into other related areas such as central sterile or inventory management; return to school to become a surgical technologist, surgical first assistant, etc.
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Instructor for the Program:
Lynn Barber, CST, CSPDT, AA
Assistant Coordinator
Extension 5881
Health Sciences Building,
Third Floor, HS325

Contact the Advisor

LibProfessor Libby McNaron
Coordinator, Surgical Technology
Health Sciences Building 3rd Floor, HS326
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OR Contact the Instructor

Lynn Barber 
Assistant Coordinator, CSPDT Instructor 
850-769-1551, extension 5881

Department Chair

Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 3828