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Sterile Processing Technology

Certificate Program / 39.5 Quarter Credit Hours
29 Weeks/ 712 Clock Hours with 400 hours of Clinical ExternshipSterile processing

The Sterile Processing program is based on The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) training requirements and complies with its policies and procedures in preparing students for the certification exam mandated in the State of New Jersey by Department of Health and Senior Services in order to enter the profession. The program prepares graduates to work as a skilled Registered Central Service Technicians in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and endoscopy colonoscopy clinics. Essential functions of a Registered Central Service Technicians are; to sterilize, package, test and operate medical equipment and surgical instruments, stock and maintain equipment processing rooms, prepare surgical carts with surgical supplies and instrument trays as well as prepare and maintain  records and logs associated with medical instruments and equipment.

Objectives and goals:

  • Teaching courses in terminology, anatomy, physiology, law, ethics, federal & state regulations and standards, cleaning, decontamination, sterilization, packaging, storage, inventory management, safety and ambulatory surgery practices.
  • Providing clinical activities within on-campus work-simulated training laboratories that includes knowledge and proper use of decontamination and sterilization equipment, proper chemical disinfection, flash sterilization, high and low temperature sterilization of basic and complex surgical instrumentation, communication and human relation skills.
  • Providing students with off campus clinical externship experience that includes a supervised hands-on training (requiring competencies logs and evaluations) at the clinical sites (hospitals and surgical centers).

At the completion of the program the diligent student will be:

  • Awarded a Certificate of Completion (Diploma).
  • Proficient in performing entry-level Sterile Technician tasks and responsibilities.
  • Eligible to sit for the credentialing examination administered by International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM),  www.iahcsmm.org
  • Able to seek an entry-level employment in facilities such as hospitals and surgical centers, dental clinics and endoscopy suites.

Employment:
Many of Sterile Processing Technicians are employed in hospital's Central Sterile Processing Departments and Ambulatory Care Centers. They may also be utilized in clinics, surgery centers, and offices of ophthalmologists, physicians or dentists. Their broad educational background, plus specialized focus, allows Sterile Processing Technicians to function well in a number of diverse areas of their field as well as cross-train to Surgical Technology Program. Employment possibilities in addition to Central Sterile Processing Departments may include material management, product development, research or sales. Essential functions of a Sterile Processing Technician are; to sterilize, package, test and operate medical equipment and surgical instruments, stock and maintain equipment processing rooms, prepare surgical carts with surgical supplies and instrument trays as well as prepare and maintain  records and logs associated with instruments and equipment. For expected salary please refer to web site: www.salary.com.

Working conditions:
Sterile Processing Technicians work in well lit, cool and controlled environment. They may be on their feet for long periods of time and may have to lift and push equipment and supplies. They may at times be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant sights, odors and gases, heat and steam, biohazard materials and chemicals. It is vital their attention be focused on the tasks at hand. Most technicians work a regular 40-hour week: although they may be "part-time", work nights, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis depending on the facility.