Program Goals and Outcomes

Sterile processing technician goals and outcomes

Penn Foster's Sterile Processing Technician Career Diploma is designed 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).

Sterile Processing

Career Diploma 7-11 mo As low as $50/mo
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Program Goal

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...

  • Recognize the fundamental practices and procedures of aseptic technique.
  • Identify common pathogens found in the medical setting and the precautionary measures healthcare workers take to minimize the risk of contracting diseases.
  • Identify HIPAA privacy rules and regulations and patient information commonly maintained by a healthcare facility.
  • Recognize the duties and requirements of the sterile processing technician in the healthcare setting.
  • Identify basic concepts of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, microorganisms, and medical terminology related to the duties of sterile processing technicians.
  • Identify industry regulations and best practice standards common in the sterile processing field and the organizations responsible for setting the regulations and standards.
  • Identify common and complex surgical instruments, industry-approved practices for decontamination and sterilization of medical supplies and equipment, and the proper ways to transport equipment.
  • Identify procedures for effective inventory control and the tracking of instruments, equipment, and supplies.
  • Recognize quality assurance practices and workplace safety procedures.
  • Identify the importance of teamwork, workplace communication, and customer relations in the sterile processing setting.
  • Identify basic concepts of technology, writing, communication, and math skills used in the workplace.

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