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Certified Sterile Processing Technician

Certified Sterile Processing Technician

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The Certified Sterile Processing Technician is an integral member of the health care team. Even though they work behind the scenes, their responsibility is a very important one.
They serve two primary roles within the facility. First, they are responsible for cleaning and sterilizing reusable utensils and equipment from the hospital’s various departments. Second, they’re storekeepers with responsibility for ensuring that they have adequate inventory of instruments and disposable items to meet the needs of doctors, nurses,surgeons, and technical staff throughout the hospital. Both are important in maintaining the safety and well-being of the patient.  

A Growing Career Opportunity 
As of January 2015, New York State requires Sterile Processing Technicians to be certified.  Broome-Tioga BOCES offers the only program in the area to prepare students for the CBSPD Technician Certification Exam.  
Essential Duties 
  • Decontaminates & sterilizes instruments, medical supplies and equipment, and assembles, wraps and sterilizes trays of instruments
  • Monitors biological and chemical wash solution to ensure quality and consistency for decontamination of instruments and equipment.
  • Sorts sets of instruments, trays and medical equipment. Collects and distributes instruments, trays, crash carts and facility medical equipment.
  • Verifies that equipment functions properly, requisitions for equipment maintenance, repair or replacement and removes defective equipment.

Working Conditions
The working environment is a very physical one; carrying, climbing, crouching, eye/hand/foot coordination, kneeling, lifting, pulling, pushing, repetitive movements, and standing are required to fulfill the responsibilities of the Sterile Processing Technician.

Pre-requisite:  An approved high school diploma or GED/TASC Certificate needs to be submitted with application.
 Classes will be held at Broome-Tioga BOCES main campus at 435 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY  13905
  Dates:  10/4/21 - 12/22/21
  Hours:  92 + 30 Clinical (recommended)
  Days:    Mondays and Wednesdays
  Time:    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  Tuition: $1,349

  Dates:  03/14/2022 - 06/08/2022
  Hours:  92 + 30 Clinical (recommended)
  Days:    Mondays and Wednesdays
  Time:    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  Tuition: $1,349

  The following items are needed in the Sterile Processing Tech class:
    1. Scrub top 
    2. Clean, undamaged pants
    3. OSHA approved shoes
    4. Physical exam
    5. COVID Vaccine(s) 


For additional information, call (607) 763-3616 or e-mail to [email protected].

Registration Options

Attend an Information Meeting – 

Information meetings provide detailed information on programs, registration procedures and tuition assistance options. They will be held on the first Tuesday in April, June and October at 10:30AM and 5:00PM in the Education Center at 435 Glenwood Road. Please call ahead to register.

(607) 763-3616 or [email protected]

Tuition includes textbooks and program specific supplies.  Any personal items, such as uniforms, watches and footwear are the responsibility of the student.

Our Core Values

  • Students are our first priority.
  • Employees are our most valuable resource.
  • Cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion and guarding against bias are essential.
  • Everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
  • All employees will exhibit professionalism, integrity and excellence.
  • Creativity and continuous improvement are crucial to everything we do.
  • A safe, challenging and nurturing environment supports learning.
  • All can learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Customer service and collaboration are key to being a successful and trusted partner.