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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sterile processing?

Sterile processing is the cleaning, inspecting, disinfection and/or sterilization of medical devices used during a surgical procedure.

Is being a sterile processing technician hard?

Sterile processing is a very stressful job, and thankless. Working as a sterile processing tech can be difficult, but can also be rewarding.

Is sterile processing a good career?

The time it takes to become a sterile processing technician is relatively short for a career in health care. You can make a good salary, often with excellent benefits, without going into much educational debt. The medical field is growing very rapidly, and so, jobs should continue to be in demand.

How do you become Sterile Processing certified?

The CRCST certification requires that you pass the certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands-on experience in a CS department. These hours can be completed before testing or within 6 months of passing the exam. HSPA (formally known as IAHCSMM) highly recommends completing, or at least begin, your hours of experience before testing.

What is the hourly wage for a sterile processing technician?

How much does a Sterile Processing Technician make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage is $17 as of June 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $15 and $19. It really depends on the medical facility you apply to.

How much is the Central Sterilization Solutions CRCST course?

Central Sterilization Solutions’ CRCST Certification Course total cost is $2,500. This tuition includes online access, textbook, workbook, course materials and flash drive. CSS is more affordable compared to the average cost of other programs; which price can range from $7,500 – $10,000.

How long is the Central Sterilization Solutions In-Class/Virtual course?

At our Riverside location, duration is 1 day a week for 2 hours, for a total of 14 weeks; which is roughly spread out over 5 months. (We observe holidays and have some days off) Our Virtual classes have the same duration structure.

How long is the Central Sterilization Solutions online course?

The online program is self paced. Whether it takes you a month or a year, it is taken at your leisure. Most students complete the online option in about 2-3 months, which is about twice as fast as the in-class/virtual program. (We recommend no less than a month to complete the course material and quizzes)

What is the difference between In-Person and Virtual Classes?

There is no curriculum, scheduling, or resource differences. They both have the same duration. (See schedules for dates) Students choose one over the other based on their schedule or their personal preference to be in a classroom.

Does the Central Sterilization Solutions course include the national exam?

Like other trade schools in this field, CSS does not include the national exam certification charge.

How much is the national exam?

The national exam cost is $125. While taking the CSS CRCST Course is not mandatory, it can dramatically increases students’ chances of passing the national exam.

Do states require the Sterile Processing state certification?

Most states require certification for employment. Currently, California (in which CSS currently operates) is not a state that requires state certification. With that being said, California is moving toward requiring all Sterile Processing Technicians (current or future) to have their state (national) certification. For more information about the state exam:

Does CSS provide a location for volunteer hours?

Central Sterilization Solutions has many partners in the Southern California area. That being said, it is not guaranteed students will receive a spot, due to facility limitations. For insurance purposes, CSS does not disclose the current partnerships. Locations are given to students upon graduation of class.

How many hours are needed for Sterile Processing volunteer work?

Students are required to complete 400 hours of hands on training.

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