Enrolled: 4 students
Lectures: 24
Video: 80
Level: Intermediate

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Working hours

Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Central Services and Sterile Processing Technicians are a vital support to all patient care services in many health care facilities. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery.

Training includes preparing special packages of equipment for specialty procedures. Central Supply is also the main inventory storage area of the hospital and technicians are responsible for processing, quality assurance, and storing the equipment and instrumentation so that it is available when needed. Upon completion of the program students may expect to find employment in hospitals and various outpatient surgical centers.

Students require 400 hours of hands-on experience which allows the student to practice what they have learned. A portion of the hands-on experience will be completed within the program. The remainder must be completed within  6 months of passing the provisional certification.

What to Expect?

You will learn the basics of sterile processing, including:

  • Infection control and prevention
  • Decontamination, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization
  • Surgical instruments and storage
  • Distribution and inventory control
  • Microbiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy & physiology

Admission Requirements

Who should enroll in the Sterile Processing Technician Program?

A career as a Sterile Processing Technician may be right if you are the type of person who:

  • Isn’t bothered by blood or bodily fluids
  • Recognizes the chain of command and follows company policies
  • Demonstrates ability to work under direction, yet independently as needed
  • Has strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Can build relationships in customer service with operating room staff and vendors
  • Wants to gain mastery of best practices in all areas of sterilization

Basic Competency

1
Introduction to Central Service
2
Assignment
3
Practice Exercises
20 questions
4
Medical and Terminology
5
Assignment
6
Practice Exercises
20 questions
7
Success through communication
8
Assignment
9
Practice Exercises
16 questions
10
Personal Professional Development for CS
11
Assignment
12
Practice Exercises
10 questions
13
Regulations and Standards
14
Assignment
15
Practice Exercises
11 questions

Common Competency

1
Microbiology in Central Service
2
Assignment
3
Practice Exercises
13 questions
4
Anatomy and Physiology
5
Assignment
6
Practice Exercises
16 questions
7
Infection Prevention
8
Assignment
9
Practice Exercises
9 questions
10
Quality Assurance
11
Assignment
12
Practice Exercises
13
Role of information Technology in CS
14
Assignment
15
Practice Exercises
16
Safety and Risk management for CS
17
Assignment
18
Practice Exercises

Core Competency

1
Decontamination: Point of use Prep and Transport
2
Assignment
3
Practice Exercises
4
Cleaning and Decontamination Process
5
Assignment
6
Practice Exercises
7
Disinfection
8
Assignment
9
Practice Exercises
10
Surgical Instrumentation
11
Assignment
12
Practice Exercises
13
Complex Surgical Instruments
14
Assignment
15
Practice Exercises
16
Assembly and Packaging
17
Assignment
18
Practice Exercises
19
Point of use processing
20
Assignment
21
Practice Exercises
22
High Temperature Sterilization
23
Assignment
24
Practice Exercises
25
Low- Temperature Sterilization
26
Assignment
27
Practice Exercises
28
Sterile Storage and Transport
29
Assignment
30
Practice Exercises
31
Monitoring and Recordkeeping for CS
32
Assignment
33
Practice Exercises
34
Managing Inventory within the CSD
35
Assignment
36
Practice Exercises
37
The role of CS in Ancillary Department Support
38
Assignment
39
Practice Exercises

Final Assessment

With the ever-expanding technological advancements in medical supplies, instrumentation, medical devices and equipment, highly trained individuals are needed in the field of central service. There is high demand today for the central service technician in the hospital and clinical settings. After completion of the Central Services and Sterile Processing program, students may wish to take the Certified Registered Central Services Technician Exam to become certified as a CRCST.
As a central service technician, you will provide vital support in all patient care services and be responsible for knowing all of the tools used in an operating room, as well as sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery. You will also decontaminate clean, process, assemble, store and distribute medical devices and supplies, and keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients and inventory. The work of a CST is essential for preventing infection.
Locations that perform surgical procedures such as hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices all require a central services technician.

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