Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Online
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What You Will Learn
- Central service workflows processes from cleaning, decontamination, preparation and packaging to sterilization and storage of surgical instruments and equipment
- Compliance standards and the role of HIPAA, OSHA, CDC, FDA, ANSI, AAMI and other regulating agencies
- Mechanisms for quality control and assurance and the necessity of central service process documentation
- Significance of manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU), infection control and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout central service areas and their impact on personnel and patient safety
About This Professional Certificate
Train to work in hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide clean safe equipment for surgeries. Through this 3-month certification training program, you'll be equipped to help the typical hospital safely reuse tens of thousands of medical instruments every month.
Gain the skills for proper cleaning and maintenance of surgical instruments and equipment and be prepared to take the Certified Registered Central Service upon completion of three online courses – Professionalism in Allied Health, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology, and Sterile Processing.
The Technician (CRCST) provisional certification exam is sponsored by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association. Full certification is obtained after acquiring 400 hours of hands-on sterile processing experience within 6 months of provisional certification.
There are currently 39,398 sterile processing technician jobs available in the U.S. and the career offers a median salary of $33,824.1
1Burning Glass: Labor Insights (Last 12 Months: Feb. 1, 2020-Jan. 31, 2021)
Courses required for program completion
Healthcare | Self-Paced | 32 hoursThis course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism. This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.
Healthcare | Self-Paced | 96 hoursThis course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviations, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.
Healthcare | Self-Paced | 96 hoursSterile Processing is a comprehensive course with insight into the role of the professional central service technician as a member of the healthcare team. Video-based lessons include topics of infection control with performance of cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, inspection, packaging, and sterilization tasks for reusable basic and complex surgical instruments or devices. The central service department’s role in ancillary department support, customer service, teamwork, and task priorities will be a key focus. Inventory management, recordkeeping, and quality control will be addressed in relation to the responsibilities of the successful central service technician.
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MedCerts, a Stride company, is a national online training provider strengthening the workforce through innovative e-learning solutions. Focused on certifications in high-demand areas of allied healthcare and IT, MedCerts serves individuals from all backgrounds, including the military and their families, career changers and the under- and unemployed. MedCerts delivers certification and career training through HD-quality video-based instruction, virtual simulations, games and animations, and on-the-job training through experiential learning solutions. Since 2009, the company has developed over 35 career programs, trained and up-skilled more than 35,000 individuals across the country and partnered with over 500 American job centers and more than 1,000 healthcare organizations to build talent pipelines. For more information, visit medcerts.com.
The states of NY, NJ, CT, TN and PA require that Central Service Technicians become certified within a state-mandated period of time after employment [range from 1.5-3 years]. This is NOT a barrier to enrollment for students but should be reviewed with education consultant at time of enrollment.