Central Sterile Processing Program


Central Sterile Processing Technician Program



Central Sterile Processing Technician (CSPT) is a partnership between Nashville State Community College (NSCC) and Vanderbilt's Center for Programs in Allied Health (CPiAH). This program provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue a health career that is in high demand and gain employment as a CSPT at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Enrolled students complete a rigorous didactic curriculum at NSCC with courses in competent entry-level central processing technicians in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and prepare them to successfully complete the certification exam of their choice. Coursework is reinforced through the hands-on clinical application of content learned at VUMC under the supervision of clinical preceptors.

Students will be prepared to support a variety of situations, which include cleaning and disinfecting instrumentation, inspecting instrumentation, and operating cleaning and sterilization equipment. Students receive specialized training in what surgical instruments are, the handling and use of instruments for specific surgical procedures, and the clinical setting experience needed for employment. In addition, students will receive foundational knowledge in anatomy, medical terminology, and microbiology. The program includes extensive classroom time as well as practical experience in clinical settings which prepares students for all major job duties in central sterile processing and distribution facilities.



  • 10 weeks of didactic instruction at NSCC
    • includes both classroom and online learning
  • 240 hours of hands-on clinical experience at VUMC
  • Certification test prep offered
  • Weekly follow-up meetings


Admission Requirements

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Applications for Central Sterile Processing Technician positions are accepted through the VUMC Human Resources Department
    • NOTE: check the job search page for opportunities on the VUMC HR website here

Applications for the June 2024 cohort have closed. Applicants can review their application status via Workday. If you want to learn more about the summer 2025 cohort, please contact the Program Director. 


Contact Info

Leteya Tsonetokoy, MA, CST, TS-C, CRCST

Program Director




A graduate may become credentialed through the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA; formerly International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materials Management: IAHCSMM) as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) and by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) as a Central Service Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT).