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This certificate prepares students for entry-level work in a healthcare setting sterilizing instruments and working with medical and surgical equipment and supplies. The program course builds upon knowledge learned in the Healthcare Core Curriculum. Foundational anatomy and physiology and basic principles of microbiology will be presented. Course competencies include decontamination, preparation and packaging for sterilization, sterilization process, and sterile storage. Basic surgical instrumentation and medical terminology that is necessary for this area of employment in the healthcare setting will also be presented. The lab will include campus and hospital-based practice settings. Through this practicum experience, you will become familiar with the sterile processing and distribution services of a hospital.
Because this program requires internship in a hospital setting, you must pass a background check and provide proof of immunity status prior to placement into a healthcare setting.

Completion of the Sterile Procerssing and Distribution program at Minneapolis College prepares you to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRST) and the Surgical Instrument Specialist (CIS) certification exams.



1.Demonstrate the appropriate decontamination and sterilization procedures during an internship experience.
2.Discriminate between the differences in sterilization processes.
3.Identify and choose the surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment used in surgical procedures.
4.Communicate effectively and professionally with all members of a diverse interdisciplinary sterile processing and surgical team.
5.Assessing the functionality and readiness of an instrument for the delivery of appropriate patient care
6.Appraise and select the correct decontamination procedures for instruments.



Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician

Award: Certificate
Total Credits for Award: 11.00

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