Nov 28, 2023  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 

Central Sterile Processing (C45180)

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The Central Sterile Processing curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the field of Sterile Processing and Central Service Supply.

Students will develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store, and issue both sterile and nonsterile supplies, instrumentation, and equipment for patient care. Additionally, students will learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process.

Graduates will be eligible to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. “Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician Exam”, earning the title of Central Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT). Employment opportunities include surgery centers, central sterile processing departments in hospitals, and traveling consultation services.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates Will:

  1. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for entry-level sterile processing technician.
  2. Use and apply critical thinking skills to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to sterile processing.
  3. Display professionalism in working with colleagues within other ancillary departments while modeling sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the role of a sterile processing technician with coworkers and colleagues within other ancillary departments.
  5. Effectively store, inspect, and control inventory of supplies, instruments, and equipment used to be an effective central sterile technician.
  6. Demonstrate mastery of skills required to successfully practice as a sterile processing technician.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to this program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for General Admission to the College. In addition, students will need to demonstrate college readiness for English and math as exhibited through the college placement test, a placement test waiver, or completion of the acceptable coursework. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you in determining your college readiness and will develop an academic plan, review progress, address issues, and confirm all minimum requirements are met for this program.

Total Program Hours: 16

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