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 completion of READ 0900 or READ 0960 or appropriate test score.
Program Learning Outcomes
By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.
- Prepared for entry-level employment in a sterile processing position.
- Eligible to take the certification examination following 400 hours of professional employment.
- Eligible to apply to the AAS Surgical Technology Program
| FULL-TIME Sequence
Biology courses require a grade of 80% or better to graduate from this program or to be accepted into the Surgical Technology program.
| BIOL 1106
| Principles of Biology
| COMP 1002
|| Computer Technologies for Communication
| Second Semester
| BIOL 2100
|| Anatomy & Physiology I
| HLTH 1040
|| Medical Terminology
| PSYC 1406 OR 1506 OR 1606
| General Psychology/Lifespan Development/Abnormal Psychology
| Third Semester
| BIOL 2200
|| Anatomy & Physiology II
| SPCH 1120 OR 1200 OR 1500
| Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communication/Intercultural Communication
| SURG 1003
|| Sterile Processing
| SURG 1005
|| Surgical Microbiology
Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.
If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page).
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.
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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.