Sterile Processing and Distribution

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

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

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