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Diploma Program in Sterile Processing Technology

Sterile Processing Technicians, also known as Central Processing Technicians or Sterile Technicians process and sterilize equipment and supplies from the operating suites and nursing units of hospitals. They are trained to clean, sterilize and prepare equipment for patient use in various areas of the facilities. They may also be involved in preparing special packages of equipment for specialty procedures such as angiograms and heart valve replacements. Central Supply is also the main inventory storage area of the hospital and technicians are responsible for processing and storing the equipment and instrumentation so that it is available as needed.

  • Discuss the history of sterile processing
  • Relate concepts of microbiology to cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing of medical equipment and surgical instrumentation.
  • List the types and characteristics of chemicals used in decontamination and their uses
  • Review regulatory agency mandates and guidelines for OSHA, FDA, CDC, AAMI and the EPA as they relate to decontamination of surgical instruments
  • List and describe the various types of medical instrumentation and their functions including endoscopic, power, microsurgical and robotic
  • Describe the composition and finish of surgical instruments
  • Describe sterilization cycles and parameters.
  • Discuss the importance of lot control and tracking for processed surgical instruments and devices
  • Describe actions to be taken when medical or surgical supplies are recalled.
  • Project strong communication skills and professionally interact as a member of the department team.

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Program Disclosure Information for:
SBC - Cleveland - Discontinued Program - Diploma Program in Sterile Processing Technology


SBC - Cleveland - Graduation Rate

The campus began providing instruction after the date range used for the graduation rate calculation. The graduation rate is calculated AFTER there are graduates from the longest program at the school based on a formula required by the U.S. Department of Education. For this reason, data is not available at this time.

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/