Central Processing Technology

Central Processing Technicians help reduce the risk of microbial exposure of patients by sterilizing, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing, and distributing medical supplies and equipment needed for surgery and patient care. This program will train students to use heat, steam, and chemical disinfecting sterilization techniques, as well as inventory management skills. Professionalism, teamwork, communications and medical terminology are a priority as students learn to pursue, or maintain, job opportunities in Central Processing Technology.

Why CEI's Central Processing program?

CEI has the lowest cost Central Processing Technology program in Idaho.

You should have:

  • Oral and speech comprehension
  • Time management skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • People skills
  • Integrity
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This program might be right for you if you are:

  • Self-motivated
  • An active listener
  • Coordinated
  • A critical thinker
  • Comfortable working with the public
  • Detail oriented
  • Calm under pressure
  • Able to manage stressful situations
  • Flexible and able to accept change
  • Capable of standing for long periods of time
  • Capable of lifting heavy trays and patients

What do our student's learn?

  • Demonstrate the methods of care and handling of surgical instrumentation and equipment as it pertains to sterile processing and decontamination procedures
  • Demonstrate and understand the processes necessary to sterilize instrumentation and equipment through a series of critical steps
  • Understand microbiology and infection control as it pertains to sterile processing and decontamination procedures
  • Implement infection control practices to ensure that patients avoid infections
  • Provide instrumentation and equipment access to doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals as required
  • Demonstrate accountability and professional values
  • Communicate effectively with supported hospital departments


Upon completion of the coursework, students will be eligible to take the IAACSMM National certification exam. 400 hours of hands-on, documented experience in a Central Sterile Department is necessary for the certification to be considered valid.

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