Sterile Processing Technician

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Sterile Processing Technicians process, store, and distribute medical and surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment for operating rooms and other areas of hospitals and healthcare facilities. They understand and apply principles and methods of sterilization and infection control. This course provides instruction for students who wish to function in entry-level positions in Central Service and Sterile Processing departments of healthcare facilities. Based on the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) curriculum, the course is designed for students who wish to obtain certification for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). This video depicts the role of a Sterile Processing Technician.

The course includes 60 hours of didactic instruction and 30 hours of lab instruction.

Please note: 400 hours of hands-on experience verified by employer is also required for eligibility for the IAHSCMM exam. This course does not fulfill that requirement.

Prerequisites

  • RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.
  • Must be physically able to lift heavy instrument trays.
  • Good verbal communication skills required.
  • High school diploma or GED may be required for employment.

AHX20 Sterile Processing Technician

Credits 7Fall - odd years

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Please note, high school diploma or GED may be required for employment. Note: Financial Aid is NOT available for this class unless taken as part of the Basic Health Care certificate program or the AGS in Health Professions Exploration degree.

This course provides instruction for students who wish to function in entry-level positions in Central Service and Sterile Processing departments of healthcare facilities. Based on the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) curriculum, the course is designed for students who wish to obtain certification for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). The course includes 60 hours of didactic instruction and 30 hours of lab instruction. Please note: 400 hours of hands-on experience verified by employer are also required for eligibility for the IAHSCMM exam. This course does not fulfill that requirement.

Additional Course Fee: $100.00

View Course Outcomes:

  1. Define common medical terminology relevant to the role of the Central Service/Sterile Processing Technician
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of microbiology relevant to the role of the Central Service/Sterile Processing Technician in infection prevention and control
  3. Demonstrate correct sterile packaging techniques for selected high and low temperature sterilization processes
  4. Describe and demonstrate procedures for decontamination, cleaning, and disinfection of patient care equipment and surgical instrumentation
  5. Describe application of principles and best practices for storage and transportation of sterile items and patient care equipment
  6. Describe current methods of inventory management and instrument tracking systems for Central Service / Sterile Processing Departments
  7. Describe ethical responsibilities and professional behaviors required of a Central Service/Sterile Processing Technician
  8. Describe monitoring of quality assurance and improvement in the Central Service/Sterile Processing Department
  9. Describe the Central Service/Sterile Processing Department environment including appropriate attire, workflow, and safety hazards and practices
  10. Describe the role of the Central Service/Sterile Processing Technician in each of the five major functional areas of Central Service/Sterile Processing Departments
  11. Differentiate between appropriate methods of sterilization for various instruments and supplies
  12. Discuss the practical application of current regulations and standards of practice for Central Service/Sterile Processing Departments
  13. Explain the primary function of each major body system
  14. Identify and demonstrate principles of effective communication in the workplace
  15. Identify basic surgical instrumentation
  16. Identify correct process ,parameters, and monitoring for selected high temperature and low temperature sterilization methods