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Sterile Processing Technician Application

Sterile processing technicians are medical professionals trained to stock, sterilize, package, and prepare the tools and equipment used in surgical procedures.

Admission to the program is based on a first-come, first served basis and requires immunization records, passing the drug screen/background check. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Spring 2024 applications will be accepted from now to until March 15th.

Program start date: April 1st, 2024.

Program Description

IHP’s Sterile Processing program provides knowledge and hands-on experience to work as a Sterile Processing Technician. Upon successful completion of our program, you may obtain certification through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD)

Once you are employed and work in a sterile processing department for 1-year, and meet a minimum number of hours performing a variety of sterile processing tasks, you may obtain certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).


One term, 42 hours online and hands-on training in a hospital setting.


$1,498.00, excluding book. Tuition is due at the time of registration, or students may set up a 3-month payment plan with the Portland Community College Student Account Services. For Information about the payment plan, please visit the PCC Payment Plan webpage: pcc.edu/pay.

Things to keep in mind before applying
  • Make sure you have included all requested materials before submitting your application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
  • You must be age 18 when class begins.
  • Submitting a registration form does not signify or guarantee that you will be registered or accepted into the Sterile Processing program.
  • This program includes or requires educational experiences that take place in clinical/field environments. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division requires students in clinical/field environments to comply with vaccination requirements [pdf], including COVID-19 vaccination. Students are also required to pass a criminal background check and drug screenings. If you have any questions, please contact EntryHealthcareapps@pcc.edu
  • Please follow this  link for the class schedule.  Required text: AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Manual (c 2020) available at PCC Sylvania Campus bookstore, 971-722-4910. or order direct from shopcpr.heart.org/  E-Book Cost $15.00 Product Number: 20-3102 ISBN: 978-1-61669-799-0 // Printed book cost $17.50 Product Number: 20-1102 ISBN: 978-1-61669-768-6

Application Checklist

We require the following documentation to be submitted for consideration into the program.

Submit the following to: EntryHealthcareapps@pcc.edu

  1. COPY of high school completion or GED certificate. A college or university degree can substitute.
  2. The PCC Non-Credit registration form. You must include a working email address, since you will be notified of acceptance by email.

Submit the following via the CastleBranch website.

  1. Passing background check and drug-screen
  2. A copy of AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Card. Please be advised that BLS CPR cards must  be through the American Heart Association,(AHA). NOT the American Red Cross.
  3. Required Vaccines
    • Hepatitis B titer/immunity exam show positive or reactive results. Or a confirmation from your medical provider stating you have immunity to protect you against Hep.B.
    • MMR titer/Immunity exam result shows Immunity (positive)
    • Varicella titer/Immunity exam shows immunity (Positive)
    • Covid-19 vaccine – two doses
    • Tuberculosis testing (PPD) for the current year or between June of 2023 – June 2024 shows negative results. If result is positive, a clear chest X- ray is required
    • Tetanus within last 10 years
    • Flu Vaccine for current season (August 2023-April 2024)
CastleBranch Instructions

To place your order go to the CastleBranch website. You are required to order PH56: Background Check – Drug Test and PH56im: Immunization Records (see below).


Final Steps

Students will be contacted by email with class schedule and registration information when a complete application is submitted including immunization records, passing the background and drug-screen.

Spring 2024

Dates to Remember

  • Application Due Date:
    March 15, 2024
  • Program Start Date:
    April 1 2024