Sterile Processing, One-Year Technical Certificate

 Curriculum Code #2105

Effective May 2020

 Division of Health and Wellness Sciences

The Sterile Processing Technician one year technical certificate program will prepare the graduate to work within a health-care facility to ensure medical and surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment are properly cleaned, prepared, processed, stored, and distributed for patient care and surgical use. This program includes additional support courses to prepare students for advanced level positions and towards an associate’s degree pathway that meets all prerequisite requirements to apply and matriculate into surgical technology. This program combines lecture, lab, and directed practice to meet The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) guidelines for gaining the Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST) credential. Upon graduation and completion of 400 experience hours the student will be prepared and take CRCST examination.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
STRP 101 STERILE PROCESSING FUNDAMENTALS 1 5
STRP 110 STERILE PROCESSING DIRECTED PRACTICE I 5 3
ALHN 112 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1
ALHN 113 INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT CARE 2 1
ENGL 161 COLLEGE COMPOSITION I 3
MTHM 158
QUANTITATIVE REASONING
or STATISTICS
3
SDEV 101 COLLEGE 101 3 1
 Hours17
Spring Semester
STRP 120 STERILE PROCESSING ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1, 4 5
STRP 111
STERILE PROCESSING DIRECTED PRACTICE II 4, 5
or STERILE PROCESSING INTERNSHIP
3
BIOG 115
BODY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 6
or ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
3-4
CISS 121 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 3
 Hours14-15
 Total Hours31-32

Program Contact(s):

Timothy Teets
440-366-7178
tteets@lorainccc.edu

For information about admissions, enrollment, transfer, graduation and other general questions, please contact your advising team.

Admission Requirements for Sterile Processing

  1. Official high school or GED and college/program transcripts (if applicable) on file in the LCCC Records office.
  2. Program application form on file
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.0 for college-level courses including transfer/transient work (excludes developmental education and more than two physical education courses).
  4. Attend informational session on Sterile Processing career field.  Contact the advising team for specific dates, times, and location.

Allied health professionals: Applicants from a patient care related allied health/nursing background may transfer credit or receive credit through prior learning assessment for the following sterile processing courses:

This will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the program director.

Learn more about Allied Health program requirements 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Adhere to professional behaviors of caring, accountability, responsibility, and respect for the quality of patient care.
  2. Utilize critical thinking with sterile technique and sterile processing concepts for clinical judgment, anticipatory decision making, and managing tasks related to the sterile processing technician role.
  3. Perform technical skills in managing the process for surgical instrumentation sterilization, inventory control and supply chain management, and information technology as it relates to the sterile processing environment.