Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile processing Technicians are the core department within a healthcare facility in which medical/surgical supplies and equipment, both sterile and non-sterile are decontaminated, processed, sterilized, stored and used for patient care. The Kishwaukee College-Sterile Processing Technician program consists of 85 hours of instruction (75 hours of classroom instruction and a 10-hour-non-paid, externship in a Sterile Processing facility). The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of Sterile Processing. Students must be at least age 18 to register.

Career Outlook

The need for trained, Sterile Processing Technicians is growing in our community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the Sterile Processing field is expected to grow 12 percent from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.


Externships are scheduled for a one week period, after classroom instruction has ended and before the final exam. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from their externship site which can be located within a 50 mile radius of Kishwaukee College. Drug testing and a criminal background check are required for externship placement.

Payment Plans

Federal and State financial aid are not available to offset the cost of the Sterile Processing Technician program. There is a payment plan available.

There will be an INFORMATIONAL SESSION on May 1, 2019 (6-7pm) in room C1251 for anyone who is interested in the program and would like additional information and the opportunity to ask questions before registering for the program.

There is a mandatory orientation for those that are registered for the Summer 2019 session on May 9, 7-8pm in Room B1274.

Dates Days Time Cost Location Course code
Summer 2019          
May 14-August 27, 2019 T/TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,200 Kishwaukee College-B1274 ce 086 1001
Fall 2019          
September 10-December 17,2019 T/TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,200 Kishwaukee College-TBD ce 086 3001

 Summer 2019 Sterile Processing Technician Program Information Sheet 

 Fall 2019 Sterile Processing Technician Program Information Sheet

Contact Information

For general inquiries or questions, please email or call Melissa Gallagher at 815-825-9466