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).
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|MMN 103||Introduction to the Program & the Health Care Industry||3|
|MMN 106||Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology||4|
|MMN 109||Microbiology/Infection Control||4|
|MMN 124||Surgical Instrumentation||4|
|MMN 126||Principles and Methods of Cleaning & Disinfecting||6|
|MMN 129||Principles and Practices of Sterilization||6|
|MMN 131||Material Management/Central Service Applications||4|
|MMN 210||Job Skills||1|
|MMN 213||Clinical Internship I||6|
|MMN 215||Clinical Internship II||6|
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.
Explores the overall makeup of the human body, its systems and functions, and related medical and surgical terminology. Surgical instrumentation is introduced. Web enhanced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.