Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician

Program Description

The Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician (CSSP) program provides entry-level skills in central sterile.  As an essential team-member in the sterile processing departments of hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, and specialized surgical centers, the central sterile technician is responsible for tasks and duties in the preoperative phase of surgery.  The CSSP student will encounter training in the didactic and clinical setting in various areas.  Topics include:  aseptic technique, sterilization methods, decontamination processes, preoperative case planning, infection control, and professional ethics.

CSSP is a two-term, five-course technical certificate of credit program. Three of those courses are CSSP 1010, CSSP 1020 and CSSP 1022.  The other two courses are co-requisites, which means they can be taken along with the CSSP courses.

The CSSP courses are offered daytime only and in consecutive terms.  The first course, CSSP 1010, is offered the first term on campus. CSSP 1020 and CSSP 1022 are offered together in the second term as a hybrid course for off-campus at the clinical site and web-based assignments.  There is no breaking up of the courses, if the student cannot take them in the sequential order from one term to the following term, they will not be allowed to finish the program and will have to reapply for admission.

Program Details

  • Major Code: CS91
  • Award Level: Certificate
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 2 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 20

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee.
  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope.
  • Meet assessment requirements.

The CSSP Program admits students and begins a new cohort every term on the Griffin Campus.  The deadline to apply for cohort placement is the same date as the withdrawal date for full semester courses every term (check the SCTC calendar).  The cohort placement is on a “first-come, first-served” basis with a completion and submission of a program-ready form.  The following steps are required:

  • Obtain CPR certification - Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers through the American Heart Association.
  • Complete and submit a Program-Ready Form, which can be found in the Medical Technology Building Program information desk on the 2nd floor or received from the Allied Health Secretary, Mrs. Annie Tucker.
  • Upon acceptance into the cohort, a successful completion of a criminal background and drug screen along with a History and Physical prior to beginning the cohort is mandatory.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Background check$80
H&P / Immunizations$200
Malpractice Insurance$8
BLS Card$55
Certification Exam$140

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences 2
CSSP 1010Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician5
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology OR elective3
EMPL 1000choose one: PSYC 1101 or EMPL 10003/ 2
Second Term
CSSP 1020Central Sterile Supply Processing Tech. Practicum I6
CSSP 1022Central Sterile Supply Processing Tech. Practicum II 5
Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician

Program Faculty

Tammy Hatcher, CST, CRCST
Program Coordinator
(770) 233-6166

Career and Academic Planning

Annita White
Career Advisor
(770) 467-4488
Griffin Campus
Room 107