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Sterile Processing Technician

Program Mission

The Sterile Processing Technician Program of Southern University at Shreveport offers a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), which prepares students for careers in sterile processing, as well as Materials Management and Distribution in health care industries. Dedicated to excellence in sterile processing and distribution education, the program promotes an environment which fosters the development of a sterile conscience required to safely care for surgical patients, critical thinking, cooperation, teamwork, professionalism, along with technical skills necessary to provide vital support to all patient care areas served by the Central Sterile Processing Management and Distribution Department. The Sterile Processing Technician graduate will have received classroom instructions as well as handson training in the University lab, Hospital Operating Room suites, Instrument rooms, and Central Service Departments. The Program prepares the student to take the National Certification Exam and become a Certified Registered Sterile Processing Technician (CRST).

Program Objectives

  • Upon completion of this program, the sterile processing technician will be able to:
    Decontaminate, inspect, assemble, process, and sterilize surgical instruments and trays.
  • Maintain documentation required by the accrediting agencies for quality control.
  • Inspect, maintain, deliver and retrieve equipment and instruments for the surgery suite, Emergency room, intensive care units, and other departments.
  • Perform elementary computer procedures as they apply to equipment, supply tracking, ordering and preference/pick list generation.
  • Discuss basic inventory control concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical and surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment in various specialties
  • Use good communication skills utilizing appropriate medical terminology.
  • Maintain a professional deportment in responding quickly and accurately to urgent hospital departmental requests.
  • Log a minimum of 400 hours of Central Service Technician clinical hands-on experience.
  • Prepare to take the National Certification exam from IACSHM and be a Certified Registered Sterile Processing Technician (CRST).

The sterile processing and distribution courses (SPDT) are offered during fall and spring semesters. A boot camp Central Processing Review course designated to prepare the student to take the national certification exam is offered in the summer. It is NOT necessary for the student to complete the nine (9) credit hours of general education before starting central processing and distribution courses; however, to receive the CAS, a student must have completed the curriculum as published.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Application to the Sterile Processing Technician Program
  2. Official high school or GED transcript
  3. Official college transcript (if applicable)
  4. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  5. Written Essay
  6. Security Background Check, health forms completion and vaccinations as required by the clinical sites (once accepted paperwork will be provided)

Employment Opportunities

Sterile Processing Technicians are employed in the Operating Rooms, Central Services and Distribution Departments of hospitals, Surgery Centers, Physicians' clinics, and hospitals are just some of the organizations in which Central Sterile Processing Technicians are providing services. The ladder of growth in the industry is exceptional and commensurate with experience, background education, and the desire to acquire additional certifications which related to various specialties in the CSPD industry.

Please see your advisor or University Catalog for more information.

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