Academic Catalog

Central Service/Sterile Processing Classes

Introduction to the Program & the Health Care Industry

Item Number
MMN 103
Credits
3

Covers overall program content, including policies, procedures, philosophy, and terminal objectives. Explores the history and evolution of the central service profession, human relations, legal issues, and regulatory agencies affecting the field. Web enhanced.

Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology

Item Number
MMN 106
Credits
4

Explores the overall makeup of the human body, its systems and functions, and related medical and surgical terminology. Surgical instrumentation is introduced. Web enhanced.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103.

Microbiology/Infection Control

Item Number
MMN 111
Credits
3

Examination of human pathogens in microbiology. Students will learn about infection control as it relates to the sterilization and disinfection processes. Safety issues in the healthcare environment are covered, including bloodborne pathogens. This unit satisfies the Washington state law for mandatory HIV training for all medical personnel. Web enhanced.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103, MMN 106.

Surgical Instrumentation

Item Number
MMN 124
Credits
4

In this course students learn to identify basic and complex surgical instruments. They will demonstrate thorough knowledge of the manufacture, care, and processing of surgical, endoscopic and power instruments. In addition, students will have an understanding of special protocols required with loaner instruments. Web enhanced. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 111.

Principles and Methods of Cleaning & Disinfecting

Item Number
MMN 126
Credits
6

Includes classroom and laboratory experience in the fundamentals of cleaning and disinfection. Topics include cleaning and disinfecting chemicals, handling and transporting of patient care equipment, and general decontamination protocols for instruments and equipment. Students will gain knowledge and experience with high level disinfection and flexible endoscopes. The proper and safe handling of infectious waste is included. Web enhanced.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 111, MMN 124.

Principles and Practices of Sterilization

Item Number
MMN 129
Credits
6

Students learn techniques and practice in the packaging, assembly, and sterilization of procedural trays, instrument sets, and sterile supplies. Major topics include methods of high- and low-temperature sterilization, sterilization chemicals, and packaging materials. Guidelines for point of use processing and transport are discussed. Operations, parameters, and maintenance of various sterilizers are learned, as well as monitoring of the sterilization process and quality control. Proper storage and storage concerns for sterile supplies are included. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 111, MMN 124, MMN 126.

Material Management/Central Service Applications

Item Number
MMN 132
Credits
3

This course is an overview of the handling and distribution of materiels in a medical facility. Topics covered include inventory management, replenishment methods, and tracking systems. Students become familiar with quality assurance measures and techniques.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 111, MMN 124, MMN 126, MMN 129.

Clinical Internship I

Item Number
MMN 213
Credits
6

Provides students with the opportunity to apply the theories and principles of central service and sterilization learned in the classroom to the actual work experience in a central service, sterile processing, or distribution department. The role of the central service technician in a hospital central service/sterile processing department will be the focus. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a clear background check as required by the health care facilities, have proof of current immunizations, complete CPR for health care professionals, be able to lift 50 pounds, and be able to work on their feet for up to 8 hours.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 111, MMN 124, MMN 126, MMN 129, MMN 132.

Clinical Internship II

Item Number
MMN 215
Credits
6

Continued participation in the clinical setting at local facilities allows students to gain a variety of experiences in central service/sterile processing and materiel management. Requirements are the same as MMN 213. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MMN 213.

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