Central Sterile Processing Technician Training Online with Externship

Course Name

Central Sterile Processing Technician Training Online with Externship

Contact Hours: 500

Course Description

Certified Registered Central Service Technicians work in health care facilities to prepare and sterilize devices and supplies used to care for patients. This program offers the training and clinical experience to become a certified Central Service Technician. The program includes an externship.

Central Sterile Processing technicians decontaminate, inspect, assemble and sterilize instruments and surgical trays. The technician also manages inventory control, orders supplies, inspects, maintains and delivers, and retrieves equipment from the surgery suite, emergency room, and intensive care units. This allows them to ensure the efficient management, storage and maintenance of medical devices. This program is allocated into classroom participation, lab simulations to identify, clean, and store surgical and other common usable instruments that require sterility. Some topics covered in this program include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, infection prevention and control, tools for cleaning, safety and decontamination. Graduates of this program will have understanding of central service workflow, basic job knowledge and skills, basic job responsibilities and central service concerns.

Externship Protocol

Description:

Externship is a work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts under direct supervision of the clinical professional. Students are placed into externship sites based on availability and preference choices. All externship sites must meet the core externship objectives and verification process. Please review the CRCST Externship Protocol. Externship placements occur after successful completion of the course and student acknowledges all guidelines stipulated in an externship application. Although it`s rare, students must commit up to a 1 hour (one way) commute or longer depending on student location and are responsible for any expenses associate with such. The student will also be responsible for any expenses (if any) associated with externship onboarding requirements such as background checks & drug screens.

Hours: 400 hours

Please note: course of study may be completed earlier than indicated.


Outcome

National Association and Certification Exams -

The Certified Registered Central Service Technician prepares students for multiple practice roles and national certifications. As an entry-level clinical profession this program is ideal for students in the allied health care field. The National Certification examinations require that students should have a high school diploma or completed the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Students are responsible for locating and paying for exams. The exams students could be eligible for include:

•CBSPD Technician (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution)
•Certified Registered Central Service Technician by IAHCSMM - Each exam has various requirements for eligibility and must be met before registration of any exam

Assessment

Assessment Tools:

•Exams
•Quizzes
•Practical Experience
•Online exercises
•Lab Simulations

Outline

Course Modules:

  • Basic Health Sciences: Medical Terminology/Biology/Chemistry Concepts 
  • Introduction to Central Service-Central Service Workflow and Job Functions
  • Patient Care Equipment: Cleaning-Assembly/Testing Identification
  • General Cleaning: Instruments-utensils-specialty items, Operation of mechanical Washers
  • Wrapping Packaging: Packaging Techniques, Pouches, Flat Wraps, and Rigid Containers;Label/Expiration Dates
  • Assembly Instrument/Procedure Trays: Assembly/layouts, inspection, Identification, Use
  • Sterilization: High Temperature and low Temperature Sterilization Process, Sterilization Quality Assurance Systems, Record Keeping, Handling/Putting Away Sterile Supplies, Dust Covering)
  • Quality Assurance and Policies and Procedures: Quality Assurance Process, Blood Borne Pathogen protocols, Soiled Equipment Pick-Up, Standards, Regulations, Policies and Procedures 
  • Linen Folding: Inspection, Folding Drapes/Wrappers, Towels.
  • Case Carts: Assembly, Pick Sheets, Cover and Transport to OR
  • Distribution: Par levels, Point of Use Systems, Exchange Carts, Just in Time