Sterile Processing

The Anoka Technical College Sterile Processing certificate is a 24-credit program which 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. Please see Surgical Technology AAS for more information.

Prerequisites

*BIOL 1106 Introduction to Biology is a prerequisite to BIOL 2100 Anatomy & Physiology.

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

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
24
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 SURG 1003  Sterile Processing
3
 SURG 1005  Surgical Microbiology
2
 TOTAL   9

 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 BIOL 2100*  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
 BIOL 2200  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Development
4
      OR    
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking
3
      OR  
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
 TOTAL    15
 * Prerequisite for this course is BIOL 1200 Introduction to Biology

Program Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence
 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 *BIOL 2100  Anatomy & Physiology I
4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 PSYC 1405
 Lifespan Development
4
         OR    
 PSYC 1505
General Psychology  
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 BIOL 2200  Anatomy & Physiology II
4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
      OR    
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking

 SURG 1003  Sterile Processing
3
 SURG 1005  Surgical Microbiology
2
 
 TOTAL  
12

* BIOL 1106 (4 credits) is a prerequisite course for BIOL 2100

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma, or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates will take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

CAAHEP
1361 Park St
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

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

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Faculty

Becky Driscoll
763-576-4119

Rita Schutz
763-576-4123

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

Award

Certificate

Delivery

Days

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Becky Driscoll
763-576-4119

Rita Schutz
763-576-4123

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710