Central Service/Sterile Processing Certificate

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Graduates of this program are educated and trained in CS/SP technology, under the guidelines of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management and the local Healthcare Advisory Committee.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 3

Estimated Cost: $3,755.72

Prerequisites: COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82. Basic computer skills recommended. This occupation requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and be able to work on your feet for up to 8 hours. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to be assigned to a clinical rotation and meet employment demands.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters

The structured curriculum of basic sciences, infection control, and sterilization, plus human relations and necessary job skills, combines with 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.

Employability Requirement: 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.

Program Length: This program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience, approximately three quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Basic computer skills recommended. This occupation requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and be able to work on your feet for up to 8 hours. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to be assigned to a clinical rotation and meet employment demands.

In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a “No Record On File” report from the Washington State Patrol (there are some exceptions; contact instructor for details), and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. 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).

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
MMN 103 Introduction to the Program and Health Care 3
MMN 106 Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology 4
MMN 109 Microbiology/Infection Control 4
MMN 124 Surgical Instrumentation 4
MMN 126 Principles & Methods of Cleaning and Disinfection 6
MMN 129 Principles & Practices of Sterilization 6
MMN 131 Materiel Management, Central Service Applications 4
MMN 210 Job Skills 1
MMN 213 Clinical Internship I 6
MMN 215 Clinical Internship I 6
  Total Credits for Completion 44