Sterile Processing Technician Online Certification Training — MedCerts


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What does a Sterile Processing Technician do?

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.

Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
According to Burning Glass jobs data, Sterile Processing Technician will see available jobs grow 11.1% over the next ten years

Sterile Processing TechnicianMedCerts Tuition Options

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Training Options ForSterile Processing Technician

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MedCerts Two and Four Year Colleges Other Online Programs
Program & Tuition Cost $4000 average Up to $20,000 $3000 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 Student Advisors, Subject Matter Experts & 24/7 support Professors - scheduled office hours Support Inbox
Career Coaching 1-1 Coaching + Career Toolkit to prepare for a lasting career Access to Career Services Dept. None
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Typically videos & presentations

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“I just completed my course! I am happy and satisfied. The experience, program, materials and incredible success coach who did not let me quit. During this time life happened and I wanted to give up but, she did not let me. She believed in me and because of my success coach, I am glad to say I completed the course. Your success coach is there to help if you are having trouble with material or understanding. I would highly recommend MedCerts, they plan out everything for you so, you know how much time you have for each lesson. I am thinking of coming back for another course.”

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SP 3000 Sterile Processing Technician

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 International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (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 he/she be able to speak and understand the language of medicine and have a fundamental understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology.

Because Customer Service is a priority in situations where client/customer interaction occurs, students will learn the fundamentals of Customer Service by completing a module that has been aligned with standards set forth by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE). Students that successfully complete this module will earn the status of Customer Service Certified (CSC).

**PLEASE NOTE: 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. 

skills gained

  • Obtain knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology
  • Explain the importance of customer service, communication skills and professionalism
  • Discuss compliance standards and the role of HIPAA, OSHA, CDC, FDA, ANSI, AAMI and other regulating agencies
  • Identify central service workflows processes from cleaning, decontamination, preparation and packaging to sterilization and storage of surgical instruments and equipment
  • Describe the importance of manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU), infection control and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout central service areas and their impact on personnel and patient safety
  • Differentiate methods for quality control and assurance and the necessity of central service process documentation
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • Textbook: Central Service Technician Manual
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

courses taken

CS 1011

Customer Service Professional I

16 hours
1 Week

This module is a unique and entertaining course designed to prepare individuals across all job titles with the core skills needed to satisfy customers of all types.  Each customer, patient, or client is critical whether you work within a call center, retail store or pharmacy, medical office/clinic, or business office.  No organization can afford to overlook or neglect the power of customer service skills.  The course includes six (6) modules on topics such as Why Customer Service Matters, What Customers Want, Essential Customer Service Skills Part I and Part II, Handling Complaints and Dealing with Angry People, and Customer Service as a Strategic Marketing Tool.  These modules are the components of the “Through the Customer’s Eyes” course that has been used to train a variety of front-line service providers across many industries and disciplines.  Within each module, students are assessed on the topics covered.  Students completing this course will attain the status of “Customer Service Certified” (CSC) as designated by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE).

  • Appreciate why first-rate customer service adds value to every organization
  • Understand how to determine what the customer wants and provide confidence in your product
  • Know how to deal with complaints and apply the four core skills for high quality service
  • Create value and play a part in profitability through performance and productivity
  • Enhance your company's market position by demonstrating what differentiates your company from the competition
HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
6 Week

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.

  • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
  • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
  • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
  • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
  • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 6014

Sterile Processing

96 hours
6 Week

Sterile Processing is a comprehensive course with insight into the role of the professional central service technician as a member of the healthcare team. Video-based lessons include topics of infection control with performance of cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, inspection, packaging and sterilization tasks for reusable basic and complex surgical instruments or devices. The central service department’s role in ancillary department support, customer service, teamwork and task priorities will be a key focus. Inventory management, recordkeeping and quality control will be addressed in relationship to the responsibilities of the successful central service technician.

In this course, students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging education. An immersive environment and interactivities will provide the student opportunities to practice key skills performed as a central service technician. In addition to video-based instruction and 3D environments, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment and inspiration throughout training.

  • Accumulate basic knowledge and skills required of the effective Central Service Technician
  • Adhere to OSHA, patient safety, infection control and bloodborne pathogen standard requirements
  • Demonstrate cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, preparation, packaging and sterilization tasks
  • Identify inventory management, sterile storage, and transport procedures with quality control and assurance
  • Discuss accuracy and completeness of data entry, incident reporting and records management
  • Explain effective customer service, teamwork, work groups and task priorities for the Central Service Department
CS 1011 1
HI 1014 6
HI 6014 6
Total Program Duration 13 Week

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Sterile Processing TechnicianJob Opportunities

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