Sterile Processing and Distribution Certificate

Prepare for immediate entry into a healthcare career as a Sterile Processing Technician with this 12-credit-hour certificate program, which will teach you the techniques, procedures and safety precautions of decontamination and sterilization of medical and surgical equipment/instruments as well as the distribution of supplies and equipment. After graduating from this program, you’ll be ready to begin a career in hospitals and surgery centers.

Training consists of a mixture of lectures, on-site student laboratories and a clinical internship at a local health care facility. Other focus areas of study include ethical and legal responsibilities, safe practices and effective communication skills.

Certificate program requirements

This 12 credit-hour curriculum prepares the student for a career as a Sterile Processing Technician.

Sterile processing technicians work in the sterile processing area of a hospital, outpatient surgical center or outpatient clinic. The sterile processing area is responsible for the decontamination and sterilization of medical and surgical equipment/instruments as well as the distribution of supplies and equipment. Sterile processing technicians are integral partners of the healthcare team. They are trained in the cleaning, processing, packaging, distributing, storing of goods, instruments, surgical trays and medical equipment. Responsibilities also include inventory control.

This certificate program is designed to be completed in one semester with each required course taught in an eight-week format. The program provides the student with the fundamentals of sterile processing, supplies, services, and distribution of hospital instruments, supplies, and equipment. Students will engage in didactic instruction and the clinical practice of aseptic techniques, patient care concepts, and theories and practices of sterile processing departments. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Certification Examination (CBSPD) or the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Provisional Examination.

Because of the nature of the clinical experiences, individualized instruction, and specialized technology/equipment, this program assesses a higher tuition rate for courses with the SUR prefix. Tuition for these courses is 200% of the standard tuition rate.

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
HSC 112 2

Description: Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2021 | Summer 2021

SUR 110 3

Description: Introduces the primary responsibilities of a sterile processing technician. Emphasizes preparation, distribution and storage of instruments, supplies and equipment; quality assurance; and inventory management. Teaches students how to minimize contagions and maintain healthy hospitals, while enforcing decontamination standards in a variety of clinical settings.

Corequisite: SUR 111

Class Schedule:  Spring 2021 | Summer 2021

SUR 111 1

Description: Provides supervised lab training applying the primary responsibilities of a sterile processing technician. Emphasizes preparation, distribution and storage of instruments, supplies and equipment; quality assurance; and inventory management. Teaches students how to minimize contagions and maintain healthy hospitals, while enforcing decontamination standards in a variety of clinical settings.

Corequisite: SUR 110

Class Schedule:  Spring 2021 | Summer 2021

SUR 112 3

Description: Introduces basic microbiology for Sterile Processing Technicians, emphasizing aspects related to preparation of instruments and devices used in the surgical field. Studies the structure and properties of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes including historical microbiology, infectious process, infection control, and the role of the immune system in health and disease. Teaches students how to identify contagions and maintain healthy hospitals. A grade of "C" or above must be earned in courses to meet requirements for enrollment in subsequent courses.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2021 | Summer 2021

SUR 113 3

Description: Applies the primary responsibilities of a sterile processing technician with supervised training in a clinical setting. Emphasizing preparation, distribution and storage of instruments, supplies and equipment; quality assurance; and inventory management. Students minimize contagions and maintain healthy hospitals, while enforcing decontamination standards in a variety of clinical settings.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2021 | Summer 2021

Program Goals

The goal of the Harper College Sterile Processing program is to prepare competent entry-level sterile processing technicians, employing trained faculty, and state-of-the-art classrooms, equipment, and learning laboratories. Sterile Processing students will achieve program expectations through educational activities in the cognitive, psycho motor and affective learning domains. The Sterile Processing program at Harper College will produce individuals who meet the needs of employers, while ensuring safety of the public through competent practice. Upon program completion, students will assume employment as skilled and conscientious health professionals providing quality patient care in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Health and Clinical Requirements

Before clinical assignments can be made, students must obtain and/or provide:

Physical Examination, complete the 2-step Tuberculosis (TB) test, and titers for viral conditions

  • Students are required to obtain a physical examination. The student is responsible for the cost of the physical examination, and all of the tuberculosis testing, blood test titers for Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, and Varicella, and hepatitis B, immunizations specified in the phlebotomy student handbook and during Phlebotomy orientation session.

Drug Screen

  • Students are required to submit to and successfully complete a specific 10-panel drug screen. Unsuccessful completion of the drug screen requirement may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical assignment, pending physician review of the results.

Health insurance

  • Students are required to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical rotation.

Criminal Background Checks

  • To comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are required to successfully complete a criminal background check. A “clear’ criminal background result is required in most cases.

CPR Training

  • Students are required to be CPR for Health Care Providers or BLS certified via the American Heart Association.

Flu Shot

  • Students attending must provide document of yearly flu shot

Medcom Modules

  • Students must complete required medcom modules with 80 % or better prior to starting their 1st clinical rotation.
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Tdap vaccine

  • Students must obtain a Tdap vaccine in the last 10 years.

All health requirements will be upload to the complio website: harpercollegecompliance.com

For more information about this program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form.

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