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Central/Service Sterile Processing Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters
Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Basic computer skills recommended. This occupation requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and be able to work on your feet for up to 8 hours. Students must be able to m

Graduates of this program are educated and trained in Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) technology, under the guidelines of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management and the local Healthcare Advisory Committee.

The structured curriculum consists of basic sciences, infection control, sterilization, human relations and necessary job skills, and clinical internships in area health care facilities. There is an emphasis on care and preparation of surgical instruments. Classroom instruction and clinical internship prepare the student to assume the role of a CS/SP technician in a variety of health care delivery settings.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the counseling office.

No student will be allowed at clinical site without proof of insurance.

Physical Activity Requirements: This occupation requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and be able to work on your feet for up to 8 hours.

Employability Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the International Association of Central Service/Materiel Management Certification Exam, which is honored throughout the world. Must meet facility eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for employment. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for hire.

In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a “No Record On File” report from a criminal background check (there are some exceptions; contact instructor for details), and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. This could include, but may not be limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, 2-Step Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Varicella, and seasonal flu shot as required by contracts with clinical facilities. Proof of immunity is required by the last week of the first quarter in order to participate in the clinical portion of the program.

Students must provide a transcript showing high school graduation or completion of a high school equivalency diploma. Must complete the American Heart Association’s CPR for Healthcare Professionals (Adult, Child, Infant and AED) prior to the last week of the first quarter (not included in the program).

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MMN 103Introduction to the Program & the Health Care Industry3
MMN 106Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology4
MMN 109Microbiology/Infection Control4
MMN 124Surgical Instrumentation4
MMN 126Principles and Methods of Cleaning & Disinfecting6
MMN 129Principles and Practices of Sterilization6
MMN 131Material Management/Central Service Applications4
MMN 210Job Skills1
MMN 213Clinical Internship I6
MMN 215Clinical Internship II6
 Technical Credits44

Introduction to the Program & the Health Care Industry

Item #
MMN 103
Total 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.

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Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology

Item #
MMN 106
Total 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
Completion of MMN 103.
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Microbiology/Infection Control

Item #
MMN 109
Total Credits
4

Covers the examination of human pathogens in microbiology. Students will learn about infection control as it relates to the sterilization process. Safety issues in the health care environment are covered. Web enhanced.

Prerequisites
MMN 103, MMN 106.
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Surgical Instrumentation

Item #
MMN 124
Total 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
MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 109.
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Principles and Methods of Cleaning & Disinfecting

Item #
MMN 126
Total Credits
6

Includes classroom and laboratory experience in the fundamentals of cleaning and disinfection. Topics include water quality, water purification systems, chemical cleaning and disinfecting agents, handling and transporting of patient care equipment, and general cleaning protocols for instruments and equipment. The proper and safe handling of infectious waste is included. Web enhanced.

Prerequisites
MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 109, MMN 124.
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Principles and Practices of Sterilization

Item #
MMN 129
Total Credits
6

This class includes classroom and laboratory experience 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 are discussed. Operations, parameters, and maintenance of various sterilizers are included, as well as monitoring of the sterilization process and quality control. Proper storage and storage concerns for sterile supplies are included. 

Prerequisites
MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 109, MMN 124, MMN 126.
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Material Management/Central Service Applications

Item #
MMN 131
Total Credits
4

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
MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 109, MMN 124, MMN 126, MMN 129.
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Job Skills

Item #
MMN 210
Total Credits
1

Using the online classroom, this self-paced hybrid course will guide the student to prepare a resume, cover letter, and application. Interviewing tips and techniques will be covered, as well as the online application process. Students will return to the classroom the last two to three days of the class to demonstrate clear understanding of the process and to receive job search information. Hybrid.

Prerequisites
Completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 109, MMN 124, MMN 126, MMN 129, MMN 131.
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Clinical Internship I

Item #
MMN 213
Total Credits
6

Provides the student 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
Completion of MMN 103, MMN 106, MMN 109, MMN 124, MMN 126, MMN 129, MMN 131, MMN 210.
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Clinical Internship II

Item #
MMN 215
Total Credits
6

Continued participation in the clinical setting at local facilities allows the student 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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