Apprenticeship Blue Ridge Central Sterile Processing hand is placing tools into washer; Photo courtesy of AdventHealth Hendersonville

The Central Sterile Processing Apprenticeship program allows eligible high school graduates and adult learners to earn while you learn in the classroom and on the job. The program is a collaborative effort of Blue Ridge Community College, Henderson County Public Schools, Transylvania County Schools, Homeschool Association, and AdventHealth Hendersonville working together to support students.

The Central Sterile Processing Apprenticeship program is a registered North Carolina Apprenticeship with the N.C. Department of Labor.

Central sterile processing technicians ensure that surgical instruments are properly cleaned, inspected, assembled and sterilized for use in the operating room. Sterile processing is a fast-paced, detail oriented job that provides the necessary tools to be used in surgical procedures. During your apprenticeship, you will learn many different types of surgical instruments, along with how to operate different types of washers and sterilization equipment. Sterile processing technicians are a vital part of the surgical services team, and play a critical role in safe patient care.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the Central Sterile Processing Apprenticeship are closed. Please check back for future dates.

Are you interested in learning more about the Apprenticeship Program with Blue Ridge Community College?

Program Description:

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Length of Program: One year. 2-3 semesters. 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.
Eligibility: Recent high school graduates and adult learners.
Tuition: Free. Plus, you’ll get PAID to attend class.
Starting Pay: $16.00. Periodic increases.
Class Hours: Minimum 144. Once completed, an apprentice will be eligible to become a Certified Sterile Processing Technician through HSPA (Healthcare Sterile Processing Association).
Schedule: Class one day a week. Work the remainder of the week with AdventHealth Hendersonville.
Stackable: Want to keep learning after your Apprenticeship? Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge that can build a great foundation for the Surgical Technology Associate Degree program.

Application and Hiring Process

For adult learners and recent high school graduates:

  • Draft Day and class start date to be announced.

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