Gain industry certification as a Sterile Processing Technician and ultimately work in hospitals, surgery centers, clinics and other healthcare facilities.
**PLEASE NOTE: While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate pre-requisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.
A typical hospital uses (and reuses) tens of thousands of medical instruments every month. Although some supplies are disposable, many are not. The reusable supplies come with their own special instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance. Sterile Processing Technicians (SPTs) prepare surgical instruments and devices. They clean, inspect, test, sterilize, store and deliver devices needed for surgery in a healthcare facility. Other job duties may include, verifying and accurately document missing instruments, record sterilizer test results, ensure each instrument is in good working order prior to placing in tray for use, operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads complete, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed, make recommendations to management for possible improvement, and effectively communicate with operating room personnel and others.
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Final pricing is given at time of purchase and may vary from the example pricing given above.
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|MedCerts||Community College||Online College|
|Program & Tuition Cost||$4,000 average||Up to $20,000||$3,000 average|
|Exam Fees, Books & Materials||Included||Up to $750||Up to $750|
|Job Ready In||3–6 months||24–48 months||3–6 months|
|Schedule Flexibility||On-demand 24/7||Set class schedule||On-demand 24/7|
|Travel Requirements||None: 100% online||On-campus classrooms||None: 100% online|
|Student Support||Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access||Professors: scheduled office hours||Support inbox|
|Career Coaching||Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers||Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements||Exam-specific only|
|Content Delivery||3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning||Professor lectures||Varies: typically videos and presentations|
This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.
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The MedCerts online Sterile Processing program prepares students to gain industry certification and ultimately to work in hospitals, surgery centers, clinics and other healthcare facilities. Our highly immersive program utilizes 12 unique eLearning components designed to keep students engaged, stimulated and entertained throughout their training. The student learning experience is driven by recorded video lectures delivered by expert instructors with video demonstrations, 3D interactive training environments and many other professionally-produced learning objects. Multiple assessments test students’ knowledge and understanding of the material contained in each lesson leading up to a comprehensive knowledge assessment for each course.
Leveraging the newest technologies and instructional design concepts, MedCerts has produced content that immerses the learner into an environment where skills, tasks and processes can be practiced in a safe environment. While virtual environments and simulations address important clinical skills, gamification challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a way that is fun, interactive and engaging.
Because sterile processing tasks, by nature, typically involve hands-on interaction, it’s important for MedCerts to place increased focus on immersion and a high level of interactivity. Our students must feel as though they are part of the process, and that their physical actions are playing a vital role in their learning.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be eligible to sit for the provisional certification exam for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) sponsored by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA, formerly IAHCSMM). Full certification is obtained after acquiring 400 hours of hands-on sterile processing experience within six months of provisional certification.
Because graduates will be working in a healthcare facility, it is imperative that they be able to speak and understand the language of medicine and have a fundamental understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology.
**PLEASE NOTE: 1) Students residing in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania – these states require that Central Service Technicians become certified within a state-mandated period of time after employment (range from 1.5 - 3 years). This is NOT a barrier to enrollment for students but should be reviewed with Education Consultant at time of enrollment. 2) While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate pre-requisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.
|Total Program Duration||14 Week|
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