Surgical Services - Central Sterile Processing Technologist Option, A.S.


SurgicalServicesARE you INTERESTED IN A degree in  A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT ? 

sortingsterilizerThis program can be the first step in a career ladder that leads to employment in a science that specializes in a department that serves the equipment and instrumentation needs of a hospital, surgery center or other healthcare facility.  You can complete the certificate program, then the associates degree and even enroll in the bachelors degree in organizational management right here at GCSC while working full or part time or simply continuing your education. You can then progress to a master’s degree at the college of your choice by following their plan requirements to prepare you for further career advancement.

Your national certification as a Central Sterile Processing Department Technologist (CSPDT) will be recognized in all states.

 Would you like to?:

  • Work behind the scenes keeping equipment, supplies and instrumentation free of microbial contamination and safe for facility use?
  • Become an expert in maintaining quality control and conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes in order 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?

If you answered yes to these questions, a career as a CSPT could be for you.

According to the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2015 median salary of a surgical technologist was $44,330.

  • 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 here 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.
  • If you would like further information, go to:
    • International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management: Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification
    • The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD, Inc.) SPD Technician Certification Exam (CSPDT)

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Who is eligible for the central sterile processing technologist Option, A.S. program?

  1. If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.
  2. If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  
  3. 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. Others who may enter in advanced standing include EMT, LPN, CNA, or other healthcare related  graduates. 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.
  • Your national certification as a Central Sterile Processing Department Technologist (CSPDT) is recognized in all states.
  • 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.

How do I apply to the central sterile processing technologist Option, A.S. 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

Communications Area  CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area
See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 3
Natural Sciences Area
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences PSY2012 or SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology 3
Requirements for the Surgical Core Track Common Prerequisites Required:
*HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
+#*HSC1000, Orientation to Perioperative Services 3
+#*HSC1000L, Orientation to Perioperative Services Lab 1
#*HSC2520, Microbiology for Perioperative Services 3
#*STS1300C, Surgical Anatomy and Physiology 6
Core Option, Central Sterile Processing Technologist  (15 crs.) (CSPT-CCC)
+#*HSC1434, Central Processing Technology 6
+#*HSC1434L, Central Processing Technology Lab and Clinical 6
+#*STS1925, Endoscopy Basics 1
#*STS2361, The Art of Teamwork in Surgery 1
#*STS2365, Professional Skills for the OR Team 1
Elective Credits for CSPT-CCC  
See Elective Options Below (See Surgical Services Advisor for guidance) 19



Elective Options
  • ACG2001 or Higher
  • # ASL1400 or Higher
  • + BSC1005 or Higher
  • + Humanities I, II or III Any Gen Ed Approved
  • BUL2241 or Higher
  • # CGS1000 or Higher
  • CHM1032 or Higher
  • CLP1001 Human Relations
  • DEP2004 or Higher Developmental Psychology
  • ECO2013 or Higher
  • EDF 1005 or Higher
  • +* ENC1101 or Higher
  • ENT2000 or Higher
  • EVR1001 or Higher
  • #* EVT2060 or Higher Education: Vocational/Technical
  • FRE1000 or Higher
  • SPN 1000 or Higher
  • GEB1011 or Higher
  • # HIM1000 or Higher
  • HLP1081, Wellness
  • +# HSA2182 or Higher
  • +#* HSC1000 or Higher
  • HUN1201, Nutrition
  • LIS2004, Introduction to Internet Research
  • + MAC1105 or Higher Mathematics
  • + MAN2021 or Higher
  • MAR2011 or Higher
  • + MCB2004 or Higher
  • + MGF1106 or Higher
  • # MKA2511 or Higher
  • # MNA1100, Human Relations in Management
  • +* PHI2002 or Higher
  • PHY1020 or Higher
  • POS2041 or Higher
  • PSY2012 or Higher
  • # QMB1001
  • + SBM2000
  • + SLS1201 or Higher
  • SPC1420 or Higher
  • + STA2023 or Higher
  • * STS1300C or Higher
  • SYG2000 or Higher
  • + TRA2010 or Higher

• General Education Core.

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

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

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Contact the Advisor

Libby McNaron Program Coordinator
lmccnaron@gulfcoast.eduVisit my faculty page

Contact the Instructor

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

Department Chair

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