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Central Sterile Processing Technician

Ideal For: 

For students who want to contirbute to the safety of patients and the success of surgeries and procedures performed by surgeons and physicians.

Program Overview:

Central Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for packaging surgical instruments in hospitals, medical offices, surgical centers, and clinics. CSPT's are highly needed healthcare professionals who improve the quality of patient care by minimizing infection rates. This program includes 80 hours of classroom time and clinical/skills experience online or on ground covering control, and identification of surgical instruments.

Visit these websites for Career Information:

The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) 

International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management 


Register-Apply Here or Call 203-575-8029

  • 81550 - Central Sterile Processing Calendar - Starts 2/14 - On Wtby Campus
  • 82020 - Central Sterile Processing Calendar - Starts 3/11 - LRCR Wtby Campus
  • Spring 2024 Payment Plan

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     U.S. Mail:  Naugatuck Valley Community College Non-credit Registration-F323 750 Chase Parkway Waterbury, CT 06708 

    Call: 203-575-8029 today to get registered! 

      Course Locations

      This course is offered at our Waterbury campus.

      Program Coordinator:


      Central Sterile Processing Technician

      Central sterile processing technicians are trained in principles, methods and control of sterilization processes; and the cleaning, processing, packaging, distributing, storing and inventory control of sterile goods, instruments, trays and equipment. You will also keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients and inventory.   (80 Hours)

      Medical Terminology

      The Language of Health Care

      Ready to learn the "lingo" of health care?  Most jobs in health care require knowledge of medical terminology.  Be job ready! Learn basic word structure, suffixes and prefixes, organization and body systems, and medical specialty terminology. The emphasis is on giving you the basic, essential language to function effectively as a member of the healthcare team. 24 hours

      Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

      Degree and Certificate Credit Programs

      Related Degree and Certificate Programs that may interest you.

      (List of related Degree and Certificate Programs to be listed here)

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      Important Information


      • Students must provide proof of high school diploma or GED. 
      • Medical Terminology is recommended but not required. 

      Textbook and Educational Materials

      • No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course. (Unless otherwise advised in the course description).


      • Students should expect reading and assignments from each class. Plan on spending as much time on homework as you do in the classroom.


      Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations

      • Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Room F323, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course.

      College Closing

      • College closings due to inclement weather are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (, on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations. 

      Students with Special Needs - ADA

      • Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form. Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester. Adjustments are not retroactive. Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process.

        Ways to register

        Call us: 203-575-8029 for information (Motorcycle registrations cannot be taken by phone)

        Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

        New Secure Fillable Format Workforce Development and Continuing Education Registration Form 

        Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

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        Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

        Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
        Founders Hall, Room F323
        750 Chase Parkway
        Waterbury, CT 06708

        Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

        Accepted Forms of Payment:

        Money Orders or Checks

        Mail-in registrations credit cards or checks only, Please do not mail cash!

        Career Spotlight

        The current job market calls for Central Sterile Processing Technicians not just in hospitals, but also in surgical centers, endoscopy offices, dental offices, instrument manufacturers and even traveling temporary assignments.  The Connecticut Department of Labor projects employment in this occupation to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities. Many area employers require certification by a national professional organization for employment.  This course will help prepare you for certification.

        What salary might I earn?

        Annual salaries range from $25,000 to $45,000 in Connecticut.  The range in salaries will depend on the location of employment, the size and complexity of the department you are working in, previous health care experience, supervisory responsibilities, and shift. The average salary in Connecticut is $41,970 and the entry-level hourly rate is $16.42.