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2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sterile Processing Certificate (Owens Code: ZSPC)

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Career Certificate

Campus Offered


Credits Required: 16.5


Students who complete this certificate program 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,

Special Admission Requirements:

Program admission is selective and requires high school graduation or its equivalent and high school algebra and chemistry with a “C” or better.

Students must contact the Coordinator of the Surgical Program to gain admittance.

Students must meet health requirements and obtain CPR - Healthcare Provider certification by the American Heart Association prior to beginning SUR 105 .

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 program includes organizational reporting structures, safety issues, government and voluntary regulatory bodies and standards for the central service area of healthcare institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will apply scientific principles to the processing of sterile supplies and instruments.
  • Students will utilize a variety of methods for storage, inventory and distribution of equipment and supplies.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to acknowledge and respect ethnic and cultural diversity within the healthcare system.
  • Students will achieve interpersonal communication skills to successfully deal with peers, administration and vendors.


Required Courses

16.5 credits

Apply for Certificate

Students registering for their final semester of course work must petition for certificate through their Ozone account.  The Petition for Certificate can be found under Student Quick Links.  Deadlines and fees apply; please visit for petition deadline dates. For additional information, refer to Certificate Requirements Policy under Academic Policies and Procedures  


1 BIO 211  recommended


All students should check for prerequisites for a class before registering.

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