Apply by September 23 for Sterile Processing Technician for the 2024-25 academic year

Applications are now open for Yakima Valley College’s Sterile Processing Technician program for the 2024-25 academic year. Space is limited, the deadline to apply for this two-quarter certificate is September 23.

Students in YVC’s Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) program prepare for an exciting career as an integral member of the healthcare team in sterile processing or materials management departments of hospitals and surgery centers. Main duties include care and processing of all types of medical devices, surgical equipment and instrumentation, and patient care items.

Graduates of YVC’s program sit for the National Certified Registered Central Service Technician Examination. This is the only SPT program available to students in the Yakima Valley and takes only two quarters to complete.

The career offers competitive pay with an average wage in the Yakima area of $20.34 per hour or $42,310 annually, and a Washington state average of $24.91 per hour or $51,820 annually according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2023.  

Students enrolled in YVC’s Sterile Processing Technician program are eligible for extra financial assistance through the college’s Opportunity Grant program. The program helps eligible low-income students with the cost of tuition and mandatory fees as well as reimbursement for textbooks and supplies.

Launch your career in just six months. For additional information contact 509.574.4913 or

Dustin Wunderlich / 509.574.6870 /
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 /