C45180 Total credit hours: 18
The Central Sterile Processing curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the field of Sterile Processing and Central Service Supply.
Students will develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare process, store, and issue both sterile and nonsterile supplies and equipment for patient care. Also, students will learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process.
Graduates will be eligible to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. “Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician Exam”, earning the title of Central Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT). Employment opportunities include surgery centers, central sterile processing departments in hospitals, and traveling consultation services.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with coworkers in the role of a sterile processing technician.
- Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to sterile processing.
- Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for entry-level sterile processing technician.
- Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a sterile processing technician. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the program student handbook. Central Sterile Processing Technical Standards (PDF)
A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in STP prefix courses in order to progress in the program.
Criminal Background Check
A criminal background check, drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.
If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.