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Sterile Processing Technology

Program Description

Certificate Program (40 Quarter Credits / 29 Weeks / 712 Clock Hours )

The Sterile Processing program at Medical Career Institute is based on The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) training requirements and complies with its policies and procedures in preparing students for the certification exam mandated in the State of New Jersey by Department of Health and Senior Services in order to enter the profession. The program prepares graduates to work as a skilled Registered Central Service Technician in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and endoscopy colonoscopy clinics. Essential functions of a Registered Central Service Technician is; to sterilize, package, test and operate medical equipment and surgical instruments, stock and maintain equipment processing rooms, prepare surgical carts with surgical supplies and instrument trays as well as prepare and maintain records and logs associated with medical instruments and equipment.

Cohort Start Dates: 

April 2024 - Evening

August 2024 - Day


Morning Schedule:

Monday - Thursday

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Evening Schedule:

Monday - Thursday

4:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Admission Requirements

  • All candidates must be at least eighteenth) years of age before enrolling.

  • All candidates must have a valid government issued picture ID and a Social Security card.

  • All candidates must possess at a minimum a High School Diploma (High School Transcripts showing graduation date), or copy of General Education Diploma (GED). Foreign graduates in addition must present certified English translation of required documents and evaluation confirming that the documents meet U.S. equivalency.

  • All candidates most be interviewed by an admission's representative and/or program director to review and discuss the program and prerequisites needed for enrollment.

  • All candidates must complete and sign pre-enrollment documents.

  • All candidates must sign the Enrollment Agreement and pay the appropriate application/registration fees.

  • Health Clearance and Immunizations, Cleared Criminal Background Check, Negative Drug Screening Results are required prior to the program acceptance.

Program Objectives:

Teaching courses in terminology, anatomy, physiology, law, ethics, federal & state regulations and standards, cleaning, decontamination, sterilization, packaging, storage, inventory management, safety and ambulatory surgery practices.

Providing clinical activities within on campus work-simulated training laboratories that includes knowledge and proper use of decontamination and sterilization equipment, proper chemical disinfection, flash sterilization, high and low temperature sterilization of basic and complex surgical instrumentation, communication and human relation skills. 

Providing students with off campus clinical externship experience Mat includes a supervised hands-on training (requiring competencies logs and evaluation) at Me clinical site (hospitals and surgical centers). 

At the completion of the program, the diligent student will be:

Able to seek an entry-level employment in facilities such as hospitals and outpatient surgical centers, dental clinics and endoscopy/colonoscopy suites after passing credentialing exams.

Proficient in performing entry-level Sterile Technician tasks and responsibilities.

Establish eligibility to test Mr the Registered Certified Central Processing Technician's credentialing exam administered Ivy The International Adt, Healthcare Central Service Material Managernent (IAHCSMM). 

Awarded a Certificate of Completion.

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