The program covers various topics such as Allied Health Careers, Building of Sterile Processing, and Sterile Processing Technology. Students will gain an overview of allied health careers and learn about the state and federal healthcare laws and regulations. Additionally, students will learn medical terminology and gain an understanding of microbiology and how pathogens can cause disease. Finally, students will learn how medical equipment is cleaned, decontaminated, and disinfected.
This program aligns and prepares the student to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). Completing 400 hours of hands-on experience in a Sterile Processing Department is required for students within the 6 months after passing the exam.
Time Frame: 6 – 9 Months
- Varies by student based upon weekly number of hours of study.
- Clearances may be required depending on the location the student chooses to complete the 400 hours hands on experience.
Workforce Opportunities Include Sterile Processing Technician
Students who complete the CRCST exam and the 400 hours of hands-on experience will be ready to work alongside physicians and providers, surgeons, registered nurses and other healthcare workers at hospitals, outpatient care centers, physicians and providers’ offices, and other medical facilities as a Sterile Processing Technician.
You will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.