Sterile Processing Techniques
Sterile Processing Techniques Microcredential

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Start working toward a rewarding career in healthcare with our specialized Sterile Processing Techniques microcredential. Designed to meet the stringent requirements of New York State, this program is your definitive path to becoming a certified sterile processing technician. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to pass the rigorous IAHCSMM certification exam and excel in this critical role. The program’s comprehensive curriculum, with a focus on precision, safety, and adherence to industry standards, paves the way for an impactful career. Students working in classroom

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MVCC Microcredentials

Gain these in-demand skills

  • Surgical instrumentation identification
  • Instrument function and grades understanding
  • Proper instrument handling and usage
  • Suture material and needles knowledge
  • Sterile processing techniques
  • Supply and equipment preparation for surgery
  • Decontamination and sterilization of surgical instruments
  • Operating room structure and design familiarity
  • Operating room safety precautions
  • Infection control standards
  • Medical terminology mastery
  • Medical equipment handling
  • Medical supplies distribution

Course List (4)

Surgical Instrumentation ST120 3 cr.

This course introduces students to common surgical instrumentation. Topics include instrument identification, function and grades, and proper instrumentation handling and usage in various surgical services. Suture material and needles by type and function are also covered.

Sterile Processing and Surgical Technology ST130 3 cr.

This course introduces students to the functions and responsibilities of surgical technologists and sterile processing technicians. Topics include supply and equipment preparation for surgery and the safe usage, care, decontamination, and sterilization of surgical instruments. Students are familiarized with the structure and design of the operating room as well as operating room safety precautions, infection control standards, healthcare law, and professional ethics.

Medical Terminology for Health Professions HM100 3 cr.

This course includes a study of the language of medicine, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and the proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. All body systems and functions, including the structure, meaning, and use of medical terms related to diseases and operations of the human body are covered. An introduction to pharmacology (medications) is included.

Sterile Processing Clinical Practice ST220 3 cr.

This course partners students with experienced sterile processing technicians. As students transition to a more active role, they concentrate on the cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments and medical equipment. Students are expected to interact with personnel from all areas of the hospital and be involved in distribution of medical supplies throughout the healthcare facility.



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Angie Christian, Assistant Professor

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Alisia Pooley, Assistant Professor