Central sterilization service technicians provide support to all patient care services in healthcare 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. Most healthcare workers are considered essential, but few are as fundamentally important as sterile processing technicians.
This 11-week, 100-hour, non-credit course prepares students for an exciting career in central sterile processing. Coursework follows the requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), the leading authority on training and certification in the field. At the end of the session, the eligible student will participate in a 40-hour clinical experience at an area hospital. Clinical experiences will take place for a full-week, May 6-10 OR May 13-17, with times to be determined. Students must be available for this one-week clinical experience in order to complete the course. Classes will not be held on March 18 and 20.
Coursework covers basic medical fundamentals such as medical terminology, anatomy, microbiology, and infection control, along with sterile processing basics that include: Identifying surgical instruments, Decontamination tools and processes, Disinfection, Low- and high-temperature sterilization methods, Point-of-use processing, Assembling surgical instrument trays, Inventory management, Safety protocols, Tracking systems, Quality assurance, Regulations and standards.