The certificate is designed to provide students with the scope of the central service profession with an understanding of the scientific principles that underlie the daily work. Emphasis is placed on the decontamination and sterilization of instruments. The certificate includes organizational reporting structures, safety issues, government and voluntary regulatory bodies and standards for the central service area of healthcare institutions.
Department of Nursing
|Catherine Ford, Dean
||Health Technologies 121B
|Irene K. Jones, Chair, Nursing Programs
||Heritage Hall 204E
|Michelle Shephard, Assistant Chair, Lab Operations, Nursing
||Heritage Hall 209P
|Alison Chamberlain, Assistant Chair, Clinical Operations, Nursing
||Heritage Hall 204F
|Veronica Burgert, Chair, Medical Assisting Certificate
||Health Technologies 324
|Lori Maynard, Chair, Surgical Programs and Sterile Processing Certificate
||Health Technologies 427
|Michelle Shepard, Assistance Chair, Lab Operations, Nursing Program
||Heritage Hall 204A
|Jill Weiland, STNA Program Manager
||Bicentennial Hall 425A
Student Learning Outcomes
Student will be able to:
- Apply scientific principles to the processing of sterile supplies and instruments.
- Identify a variety of methods for storage, inventory and distribution of equipment and supplies.
- Demonstrate an ability to acknowledge and respect ethnic and cultural diversity within the healthcare system.
- Achieve interpersonal communication skills to successfully deal with peers, administration and vendors.
All students enrolled in the certificate must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for this certificate.
Students who complete this certificate will be eligible to take the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician exam offered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD), 121 State Highway 31 N., Suite 500, Flemington, NJ 08822. 1-800-555-9765, web address www.sterileprocessing.org.
Sterile Processing technologists will be prepared for positions in Central Sterile Processing in Hospitals, clinics and other Healthcare agencies. Certificate holding Sterile Processing Technologists may work in areas of decontamination; preparation; packaging; and sterilization. Hours of employment vary greatly as shifts may be day, evening, night, or weekend.
Required for this position is a high school diploma and certification from a training program specialized for Sterile Processing Technologists. The functions of Sterile Processing Technologists are absolutely necessary in protecting the health of the surgical patient.
|National Hourly Rate Data
|Hourly Rate $9.71-$19.49
|National Annualized Data
|Total Pay $20,465-$41,982