Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
    
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Sterile Processing Technician, Certificate of Achievement


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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

Sterile Processing Technician is a one term program that presents the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a hospital’s Central Supply or Sterile Processing Department. Students will develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store and issue both sterile and nonsterile supplies and equipment for patient care. Also, students will learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process. The learning environment consists of the campus classroom and laboratory.

Graduates will receive a certificate and may be eligible to apply to take the National Institute for Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel Examination (CBSPD). Employment opportunities include surgery centers, dialysis facilities, and central processing units in hospitals.

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Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include surgery centers, dialysis facilities, and central processing units and central supply departments in hospitals.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Certificate: 4


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