What would I learn?
Central sterile processing technicians are trained in principles, methods and control of sterilization processes; and the cleaning, processing, packaging, distributing, storing and inventory control of sterile goods, instruments, trays and equipment. You will also keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients and inventory. The Central Sterile Processing program is designed to provide the knowledge and basic skills needed to work in a hospital, surgical center, or other facility that utilizes a central sterile supply department. The program includes such topics as: anatomy and physiology; microbiology and infection control; decontamination and sterilization processing; and how to handle, care for, and identify surgical instruments. Upon successful completion, the student will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam.
Some students decide to take the next step in preparing for a career as a Central Sterile Processing Technician with a Professional Practice Experience. This optional course will help you transition the knowledge learned in the classroom to the clinical work site through hands-on experiences in instrument preparation, decontamination, sterile storage and sterilization; all under the supervision of expert professional staff members who will help you build your confidence.