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Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician

What it is

This certificate prepares students for entry-level work in a healthcare setting sterilizing instruments and working with medical and surgical equipment and supplies. The program course builds upon knowledge learned in the Healthcare Core Curriculum. Foundational anatomy and physiology and basic principles of microbiology will be presented. Course competencies include decontamination, preparation and packaging for sterilization, sterilization process, and sterile storage.

Basic surgical instrumentation and medical terminology that is necessary for this area of employment in the healthcare setting will also be presented. The lab will include campus and hospital-based practice settings. Through this practicum experience, you will become familiar with the sterile processing and distribution services of a hospital.

Because this program requires internship in a hospital setting, you must pass a background check and provide proof of immunity status prior to placement into a healthcare setting.


  • Minneapolis College’s Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician program prepares students to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution exam.
  • The program is the only one of its kind in the 5-state area.
  • You’ll learn from experienced faculty who offer individual attention.
  • A required internship in a hospital setting provides valuable hands-on experience .
  • You’ll be part of a dynamic, multicultural community in a vibrant, urban setting.
  • Minneapolis College’s strong network of medical affiliations opens doors and employment opportunities for graduates.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate decontamination and sterilization procedures during an internship experience.
  2. Explain the differences in sterilization processes.
  3. Choose and locate instruments to correctly assemble trays for a variety of medical procedures.
  4. Identify the correct decontamination procedures for instruments.
  5. Identify if an instrument is functioning properly and, if it is not, demonstrate ability to get it repaired.