The Sterile Processing Technician program consists of 86 hours of theory, 34 hours of skills lab, and 200 hours of clinical externship. The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills, which will enable them to become safe and competent Sterile Processing technicians.
Students’ knowledge and skills are developed in the following areas: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, infection control and prevention, government regulations and standards, instrument identification, decontamination and cleaning, sterilization, packaging and storage, inventory management, quality assurance, and safety. Clinical externship consists of 200 hours of hands-on training where the students learn to decontaminate and sterilize instruments, medical supplies, equipment; sort mismatched sets of instruments, trays, and medical equipment: perform the sterilization of endoscopic instruments; examine, test, and maintain certain items such as autoclaves; maintain clean work area.
After completion of the Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) Exam or International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Exam.
The course is also divided into 2 components: |Theory/Lab 120.0 Hours| Clinical 200.0 Hours|