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 Public 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.
Length of Program: One year. 2-3 semesters. 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.
Eligibility: June 2023 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 successfully completed will be eligible to become a Certified Sterile Processing Technician through HSPA (Healthcare Sterile Processing Association).
Schedule: Begin work now; classes will begin in Fall 2023. Class one day a week. Work 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 those graduating in June 2023:
- Applications sent weekly to AdventHealth Hendersonville.
- If selected, a contingent offer of employment will be extended with specific details to follow.
- If hired, you will begin employment.
- Class will begin Fall 2023.