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Sterile Processing Technician/Central Service Technician

Central Service Technicians work in the hub of the hospital to provide essential services in preparing, sterilizing, cleaning and distributing laboratory or healthcare equipment and supplies.

Important Qualities

Attention to detail: Must be detailed and thorough in completing work tasks.

Dependability: Must be reliable, responsible, and dependable, in fulfilling obligations.

Cooperation: Must be pleasant with others on the job and display a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Independence: Must be able to develop one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Stress tolerance: Must be able to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Course Length:

  • Career Readiness Training: 1 week
  • Pre-Training: 1 week
  • Central Service Technician Skills Training: 6 weeks
  • Central Service Technician Clinical Training: To Be Determined
  • Total Training: To Be Determined

Potential Starting Wage: $13.45 per hour

Average Total Number Employed^: 90

Average Number of Openings Each Year^: 84


^Wage and employment estimates for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), was accessed using the Oklahoma Wage Network (OWN) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [April 26, 2015] [www.bls.gov/oes/].


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This document was supported by Grant 90FX0045-01-01 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS. HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities. Learn more about HPOG.