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Sterile Processing

The Anoka Technical College Sterile Processing certificate is a 28-credit program that prepares graduates to work in medical facilities that prepare surgical instruments, supplies and equipment necessary for healthcare. This program includes a broad introduction to health sciences, as well as medical language, communication and computers.

Students study the following:
  • Decontamination
  • Preparation
  • Packaging
  • Sterilization
  • Sterile Storage

The Sterile Processing certificate is a prerequisite to the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a "C" or better.

  • BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology requires a Reading score of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer, or appropriate test score, or completion of READ 0900 or READ 0960.
  • BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology is a prerequisite to BIOL 2100 Anatomy & Physiology I.
  • BIOL 2100 Anatomy & Physiology I is a prerequisite to BIOL 2200 Anatomy & Physiology II.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Prepared for entry-level employment in a sterile processing position.
  2. Eligible to take the certification examination following 400 hours of professional employment.
  3. Eligible to apply to the AAS Surgical Technology Program

Program Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence

 *BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology is a Prerequisite course for BIOL 2100 A & P 1. A grade of 80% or better is required.

**BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology requires a Reading score of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer, appropriate test scores or completion of READ 0900.

First Semester 6
 BIOL 1106
 Principles of Biology
4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication 2
Second Semester 10
 BIOL 2100  Anatomy & Physiology I
4
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 PSYC 1406 OR 1506 OR 1606
 General Psychology/Lifespan Development/Abnormal Psychology
4
 Third Semester 12
 BIOL 2200  Anatomy & Physiology II 4
 SPCH 1120 OR 1200 OR 1500
 Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communication/Intercultural Communication 3
 SURG 1003  Sterile Processing 3
 SURG 1005  Surgical Microbiology 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the Sterile Processing certificate with a grade of B or higher in all required Biology courses and a grade of C or higher in the remaining required courses.

Transfer Opportunities

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Industry Information

The work environment is dynamic and fast-paced. The work is challenging, highly technical, and complex. The performance of this vital department has a major impact on the smooth operation of the many departments to which it provides products and services. Employment opportunities may be within hospitals, outpatient centers, and instrument processing centers.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Rita Schutz
RSchutz@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Award

Certificate

Delivery

Days

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Rita Schutz
RSchutz@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710