To provide students with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level work as a sterile processing technician and to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM).
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
In this course, you’ll develop the foundational skills to help you gain success in the program. You’ll learn how you can improve your study skills, so you’re able to use a number of tools that will help you to enter the professional world.
This course will give you an overview of the Allied Health field. You’ll study the history of allied health careers and what the future holds. You’ll also discover the roles available to you and the expectations your new job has for professional conduct, the skills and abilities you must possess, and the challenges of this profession. Additionally, this course has an overview of healthcare laws and regulations and the state and federal agencies that create those standards.
In this course, you’ll be introduced to medical terminology and learn the parts of various words. Then, you’ll move to anatomy and physiology to learn more about the various components of the human body and their functions, such as bones, muscles, and tissues. This lesson will also cover directional and regional terms used to better describe a patient’s concerns, as well as different regions of the body. In microbiology, you’ll study the parts of cells and how various pathogens cause disease.
In your last lesson, you’ll explore the math and computer skills that can help you succeed in your position as a sterile processing technician.
In this course, you’ll be introduced to the central processing department and its work processes, as well as your employers’ expectations. You’ll also study the regulations and standards that you’ll abide by in a healthcare environment.
Next, you’ll be introduced to aseptic technique and how infections spread. This will help you and other healthcare employees protect patients and keep everyone from being exposed to harmful infections.
You’ll then go back to the sterile processing department and study how medical equipment is cleaned, decontaminated, and disinfected. The lesson will finish with an introduction to the surgical instruments you’ll be working with.
This course will further explore the equipment and processes you’ll encounter in the central processing department. First, you’ll explore instruments are prepared and packaged before being transported to various departments in the hospital. Then, you’ll look at sterilization techniques and how you’ll monitor sterilizers to ensure they’re running efficiently. The next lesson will outline best practices for receiving, selecting, and distributing inventory, and how to keep track of equipment being used in your facility.
You’ll also study the specialty departments in the hospital and the equipment they use to care for patients.
Finally, you’ll work to gain the tools that can help you succeed in your new career as a sterile processing technician. You’ll understand the various workplace hazards you might encounter and how you can help during an incident. You’ll study how to effectively communicate with your coworkers from a wide range of backgrounds and how to grow your professional and personal reputation.
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
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