Open the Door to a New Career with Penn Foster

NYICD is no longer accepting new students but you can still take the next steps toward a new career or further your education with our affordable, online sister school, Penn Foster. With over 130 years of experience in distance education and a broad range of accredited career, college, and certificate programs in in-demand fields, you can open the door to a new job, build industry-recognized skills, and take the next step toward the life you want – still completely online, at your own pace.

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In-Demand Healthcare Career Training with Penn Foster

Take the first steps toward an in-demand, rewarding career in healthcare with Penn Foster. With accredited online programs in clinical and administrative roles, you can build the skills you need on your schedule, online.

Personalized Support from Experts in Your Field of Study

Industry Certification exam and study materials included in the cost of the course
Flexible Online Courses allow you to study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace
One-to-One Support from an industry professional here to help you succeed
Flexible Payment Options so you can reach your career goals on your budget
Sterile Processing Course Curriculum
Woman working as a sterile processing technician

The Sterile Processing course curriculum offers real-world training developed by professional educators and sterile processing experts.

Once you complete our course, you will be ready to join the fast-growing healthcare industry.

Sterile Processing Course Description

The online Sterile Processing Course will prepare you to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). This nationally-recognized industry certification ensures that you have the skills necessary to get hired and to succeed in this growing field.

Sterile Processing Class

Unit 1: Building Blocks of Sterile Processing

1.1 Medical Terminology 

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

1.2 Principles of Aseptic Technique 

Aseptic technique defined; the reasoning for aseptic technique; clinical settings where aseptic technique is used; essential preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative aseptic practices and procedures; aseptic nontouch technique; definition of a clean technique; recommended technique for commonly performed procedures.

1.3 Bloodborne Pathogens and HIPAA Regulations 

Definition of bloodborne pathogens; common bloodborne pathogens; exposure accidents in the healthcare setting; exposure control plan; universal precautions in the healthcare setting; HIPAA privacy and security rules and their implications in the sterile processing setting; difference between privacy and security; types of protected health information within the medical field.

Unit 2: Sterile Processing Technology, Part 1

2.1 Introduction to Sterile Processing 

Introduction to the concepts, processes, skills, responsibilities, and standards requirements of sterile processing; review of basic anatomy, physiology, and concepts of microbiology and microorganisms types related to the duties of sterile processing technicians.

2.2 Regulations and Infection Prevention 

Industry regulations and established practices used for central sterile processing; federal agencies and professional organizations; principles of asepsis; personal hygiene and attire; managing the spread of bacteria; elements of transmission and the chain of infection.

2.3 Decontamination, Disinfection, and Surgical Instruments 

Decontamination practices for point-of-use preparation and equipment transport; cleaning, decontamination, and disinfection practices for common instrumentation and equipment; equipment and tools used for the decontamination process; identification of standard and complex surgical instruments.

Unit 3: Quality Assurance, Inventory Management, and Roles of Central Service and IT

3.1 Sterilization Practices 

Assembly and packaging guidelines and procedures; point-of-use processing standards and recommended practices; high-temperature sterilization procedures; types of steam sterilizers used; low-temperature sterilization requirements; sterile storage and transportation guidelines.

3.2 Quality Assurance, Inventory Management, and Roles of Central Service 

Monitoring and recordkeeping practices; established quality assurance practices for sterile processing operations; importance of inventory management; common inventory replenishment systems; the role of the central service department in supporting ancillary departments; management of patient care equipment; the use of information management systems in central service departments.

3.3 Safety and Risk Management, Communication, and Personal and Professional Development  

Workplace safety and disaster preparedness; essentials of workplace communication, human relations, diversity, team collaboration, and customer service skills; importance of personal and professional development.

Unit 4: Workplace Skills and Technology

4.1 Essential Workplace Technologies 

Review of common workplace technology related to computing and communication, such as common operating systems, software applications for word processing, and spreadsheets, as well as mobile communication tools.

4.2 Workplace Writing and Communications 

Professionalism and workplace etiquette; phone skills; writing emails and texts; writing and formatting reports.

4.3 Basic Math Concepts for Technicians 

Review of standard calculations and solving simple equations encountered in entry-level technical positions. Measurement systems and conversion concepts related to temperature and volume, English and Metric systems, and converting within and between systems.

What You Get

  • Instant access to high-quality course materials
  • One-to-one mentorship from a professional in the field
  • Video training featuring tips from industry veterans
  • Certification preparation materials including free practice tests

NYICD offers convenient online training to anyone looking to gain the independence that comes with a new career. Study anytime, anywhere at your own pace and get certified in a matter of months. Call 1-800-239-9275 or enroll online today.

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