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How much do sterile processing techs make?

The average salary of a Sterile Processing Technician is between $16 to $26 dollars an hour in the United States. Which roughly equates to $33,000 to $56,000 yearly. These salary estimates are based on 1,400 salaries submitted anonymously in a variety of online salary data companies for Sterile Processing Technicians.

What is a sterile processing?

The Sterile Processing Department (Central Supply, or Sterile Supply as it is also known), comprises that service within the hospital in which medical/surgical supplies and equipment, both sterile and, are cleaned, prepared, processed, stored, and issued for patient care.

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?

With Central Sterilization Solutions highly rated program; 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. IAHCSMM highly recommends completing, or at least beginning, your hours of experience before testing.

Is being a sterile processing technician hard?

Working as a sterile processing tech was a very rewarding and at times difficult career. Sterile processing was a very stressful job, and thankless. ... Its a very fast paced job and will always be fast.

What is the hourly wage for a sterile processing technician?

Hourly Wage for Sterile Supply Processing Technician Salary. How much does a Sterile Supply Processing Technician make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage foraSterile Supply Processing Technician in the United States is $17 as of June 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $15 and $19.

What are 3 types of sterilization?

Plasma Gas Sterilizers. ... Autoclaves. ... Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizers.

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. Compared to the average cost of programs that are between $7,500 - $10,000.

How long is the Central Sterilization Solutions in-class course?

With either Los Angeles or Riverside, both are 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)

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 program. (we recommend no less than a month to complete the course material and quizzes)

Does the Central Sterilization Solutions course include the state exam?

Like other trade schools in this field, CSS does not include the state exam certification charge. The state exam cost $125. Taking the CSS CRCST Course dramatically increases students chances of passing the state exam.

How much is the state exam?

The state exam cost $125. Taking the CSS CRCST Course dramatically increases students chances of passing the state exam.

Do states require the Sterile Processing state certification?

Most states require certification for employment. Currently California (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 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. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions: CIS


What is the CIS Certificate?

Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) ... The Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) certification program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to provide competent services as an advanced instrument specialist in the CS/SP department.

What is Iahcsmm?

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is the premier association representing healthcare Sterile Processing (SP) professionals worldwide.


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