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Sterile Processing Technician Non-Practicum Certificate

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Overview

Summary

Sterile processing is a term used to describe the tasks by which medical devices used to deliver patient care are examined, disinfected, tracked, and reprocessed for future use by patients.  It also includes an element of inventory control and purchasing to ensure cost containment of devices and supplies.  The primary function is to support the surgical services department by helping to preventing infections and cross-contamination of patients via instrumentation and devices.  The three phases of care involve the reprocessing of instruments and devices categorized as noncritical, semi critical, and critical items.

Surgical technologists are trained in sterile processing and must be able to assist the department in its goals.  The regional shortage of surgical technologists has created a shortage of sterile processing assistance, ultimately leading to an increase in jobs posted for both surgical technologists and sterile processing technicians. .

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Contact

Please contact Erica Jordan at Erica.L.Jordan@LoneStar.edu or 281.290.2883 for more information.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
CSPDC 2107101 Intro to Human Body & Disease 48
CSPDC 2107201 Infection Control 80
HPRSC 2100604 Essentials of Medical Terminology 24
Sterile Processing Technician Non-Practicum Certificate Total 152

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Career Options

Median Wage: $22,5901

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Surgical Technician2
  • Surgical Technologist2
  • Scrub Technician2

Gainful Employment

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Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Program Cost: $1,386

Financial Aid

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