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Sterile Processing technician curriculum

The Sterile Processing certification prep 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.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

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; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Building Blocks of Sterile Processing

Medical Terminology  

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

Principles of Aseptic Technique  

Aseptic technique defined; the reasoning for aseptic technique; clinical settings where aseptic technique is used; essential preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative aseptic practices and procedures; aseptic nontouch technique; definition of a clean technique; recommended technique for commonly performed procedures.

Bloodborne Pathogens and HIPAA Regulations  

Definition of bloodborne pathogens; common bloodborne pathogens; exposure accidents in the healthcare setting; exposure control plan; universal precautions in the healthcare setting; HIPAA privacy and security rules and their implications in the sterile processing setting; difference between privacy and security; types of protected health information within the medical field.

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Sterile Processing Program Description

The Sterile Processing program is designed to provide the student the knowledge and skills required for entry-level work as a sterile processing technician. The program focuses on introductory sterile processing concepts and professional proficiencies. It will prepare students to execute the necessary activities that are performed daily in the sterile processing department. The program is designed to develop the comprehension learners need to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM).

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 API Program Name Career Diploma program help 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 EDGE, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth EDGE 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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