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Central Sterile Processing
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Central Sterile Processing Technician - HEA104
with JONATHAN DECOSTA
Central Sterile Processing Technician Learn to clean and sterilize surgical instruments and medical equipment, and set up and deliver them to surgical areas, hospital rooms, clinics and even patient's homes. Assemble, adjust and check non-sterile equipment, and sterile supplies needed for surgery or other medical procedures. Learn about microbes and germs and how they cause infections, as well as managing inventory, ordering supplies, inspecting, maintaining, delivering and retrieving equipment and instruments for surgery, emergency room and other patient care units. After completing this program, test for the certifying exam given at a local Prometric Testing Center to obtain provisional certification from the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA). The cost of this exam is not included in cost of this program. Once employed, you must accumulate 400 hours of work experience within 6 months to become fully certified. Program includes classroom, and experience in a sterile processing department during the clinical* portion of the program. Job requires ability to lift at least 25 pounds. *Clinical experience may be on any day/time of the week, based on clinical site schedules and is scheduled to change depending on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prerequisites: (1) It is strongly recommended that students take the Accuplacer Placement Exam for advising purpose. For testing information or to schedule exam please visit: https://www.northshore.edu/cas/testing/. (2) A CORI check is required. (3) Proof of immunizations and a negative TB test is required at the start of class. Proof of a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster is required. Cost of course includes required textbook.