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Sterile Processing Technician Training Curriculum

The Sterile Processing Technician Training Curriculum offers real-world training developed by professional educators and sterile processing experts. Lessons start with the basics of terminology and techniques before focusing on modern technologies, quality assurance, inventory management, and central service communications as you prepare for a career in one of the most important roles for an allied health professional.

Sterile Processing Orientation

Orientation: Learning at Ashworth 

In this course, you’ll examine the goals and values of Ashworth College, time management, creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule, the nature and purpose of assessments, how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner

Introduction to Allied Health 

In this course, you’ll be introduced to healthcare, the healthcare industry in the United States, and the roles that healthcare workers play in that industry.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the United States healthcare industry and the professional roles within it

Lesson Group 1: Building Blocks of Sterile Processing

Lesson Group 1: Building Blocks of Sterile Processing  

In this course, you’ll be introduced to medical terminology and learn the parts of various words. Then, you’ll move to anatomy and physiology to learn more about the various components of the human body and their functions, such as bones, muscles, and tissues. This lesson also covers directional and regional terms used to better describe a patient’s concerns, as well as different regions of the body. In microbiology, you’ll learn more about the parts of cells and how various pathogens cause disease. Finally, you’ll learn the math and computer skills needed to succeed in your position as a sterile processing technician.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define medical terminology and the origin of medical terminology
  • Identify the four major word parts used in medical terminology
  • Discuss the relevance of medical terminology in terms of how it correlates to service quality in the operative environment and the identification of surgical procedures
  • Discuss the roles of cells, tissues, and organs within the human body
  • Identify human body planes
  • Describe the nine major body systems and surgical operations that may correlate with these systems
  • Describe microbiology and how it correlates with principles of the central services department
  • Explain ways in which microorganisms can be identified
  • Define bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, and prions
  • Explain the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Identify common bloodborne pathogens found in the workplace
  • Describe how to calculate and convert temperature
  • Solve simple problems by applying the concepts described in the lesson
  • Describe the four common arithmetic operations
  • Identify the parts of a computer
  • Identify the two types of software applications
  • Discuss Microsoft Word and basic word-processing tasks
  • Describe the purpose of spreadsheet software applications
  • Discuss Microsoft Excel and basic spreadsheet tasks

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Sterile Processing Program Description

The Sterile Processing certificate program is designed to provide you with knowledge of the sterile processing work done by central service technicians, which includes an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, and microbiology and follows principles of aseptic technique, process sterilization, quality assurance, risk management, and professional development.

Sterile Processing Program Objectives

After completing the Sterile Processing program, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Recognize the fundamental practices and procedures of aseptic technique.
  2. Identify common pathogens found in the medical setting and the precautionary measures healthcare workers take to minimize the risk of contracting diseases.
  3. Identify HIPAA privacy rules and regulations and patient information commonly maintained by a healthcare facility.
  4. Recognize the duties and requirements of the sterile processing technician in the healthcare setting.
  5. Identify basic concepts of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, microorganisms, and medical terminology related to the duties of sterile processing technicians.
  6. Identify industry regulations and best practice standards common in the sterile processing field and the organizations responsible for setting the regulations and standards.
  7. Identify common and complex surgical instruments, industry approved practices for decontamination and sterilization of medical supplies and equipment, and the proper ways to transport equipment.
  8. Identify procedures for effective inventory control and tracking of instruments, equipment, and supplies.
  9. Recognize quality assurance practices and workplace safety procedures.
  10. Identify the importance of teamwork, workplace communication, and customer relations in the sterile processing setting.
  11. Identify basic concepts of technology, writing, communication, and math skills used in the workplace.

Helping your career in allied health

Ashworth College's API Program Name Career Diploma program helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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