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Sterile Processing Technology is a dynamic and exciting allied health profession. The Certified Sterile Processing Technologist is a vital member of the allied health field of professionals who work closely with hospital-wide, patient-care departments, especially surgical departments.

Columbus State Community College offers a two-semester academic/laboratory/clinical Certificate Sterile Processing Technology program concurrent with a five semester academic/laboratory/clinical Associate of Technical Studies Degree program.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) accredits the Certificate and Associate Degree programs. Graduates are eligible to obtain national certification as a Central Service Technician upon successful examination administered by the IAHCSMM.

Upon completion of the Sterile Processing Technology Certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the principles and techniques of cleaning, assembly, testing, and identification of patient care equipment
  • Demonstrate the general cleaning of instrumentation and specialty items and the operations of mechanical washers
  • Demonstrate packaging techniques for re-usable and disposable supplies and equipment
  • Demonstrate the assembly, inspection, identification and use of instruments/procedure trays
  • Develop entry level proficiency for selected sterilization techniques
  • Demonstrate inventory control for re-usable and disposable supplies and equipment
  • Demonstrate assembly and distribution of department specific case carts
  • Incorporate quality assurance processes and blood borne pathogen protocols
  • Identify and explain standards, regulations, and policies and procedures related to activities of the sterile processing department
  • Develop professional behaviors required for the successful completion of the Sterile Processing Certificate.

Specific Program Admission Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Sterile Processing program.

  • College Placement Testing
  • Placement testing into or completion of MATH 1030. A student who has college algebra transfer credit (grade of “C” or better) is not required to take the placement test.
  • Placement testing into ENGL 1100 or completion of ENGL 1100. Student who has college transfer credit for ENGL 1100 is not required to take the placement test.
  • Course completion of the following:
    1. High school graduate or GED equivalency
    2. Completion of high school physics within the last three years or PHYS 0100 Introduction to Physics
    3. High school biology (grade of “C” or better) within the past five years or BIO 0100 or BIO 1101 (with a grade of “C” or better).
  • College Course Completion (or successful completion of equivalent approved training):
    1. CHEM 1113 with grade of “C” or better
    2. NURC 1101 Nurse-Aide Training Program
    3. NURC 1102 Patient Care Skills
    4. HIMT 1121 Advanced Medical Terminology
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better in courses related to the Sterile Processing Technology plan of study.

Upon acceptance into the Sterile Processing Technology degree program, the following additional items are required to be completed by the student before registration for autumn semester will be allowed:

  • MULT 1020 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Completed Health Record on file at the Health Records Office, including drug testing and background check.

Acceptance is conditional on submission and clearance of student background history by the Columbus State Community College Public Safety Department, and drug screening clearance by the Columbus State Community College Health Records Office. Prospective students can obtain additional information at program information sessions or by contacting the Surgical Technology Office at (614) 287-3655. Interested persons also can visit the Sterile Processing Technology website at Processing.

Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases

Students in this program perform clinical work on real people. Columbus State does not discriminate against students, faculty, or patients in any way, or based on color, creed, national origin, gender, disability or sexual preference. The patient populations with whom we work come from all walks of life, thus students may be exposed to many types of communicable diseases. These are not limited to, but may include, hepatitis (A, B, C or D), HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, measles, German measles, and mumps.

All students are required to have appropriate immunizations after they are admitted to the program (information is given to all admitted students). Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may accidentally expose him/herself. All students entering the program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential. All students are encouraged to have personal health insurance in effect by the first day of class.

Sterile Processing Technology Associate of Technical Studies

Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
SPT 1861 Sterile Processing Tech I*  9
Semester 2 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy*  4
SPT 1862 Sterile Processing Tech II*  9
Semester 3 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list  3
BIO 2232 Human Physiology*  4
SURG 1861 Surgery Tech I*  6
Semester 4 . .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
BIO 2263 Human Pathophysiology*  3
SURG 1862 Surgery Tech II*  6
Summer Semester . .
HIMT 1141 Pharmacology*  2
SURG 1863 Surgery Tech III*  8

*A minimum grade of “C” or higher is required

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT                                                           

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African-American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3


ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3

Sterile Processing Technology Certificate

Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology*  4
SPT 1861 Sterile Processing Technology I*  9
Semester 2 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy*  4
SPT 1862 Sterile Processing Technology II*  9

*A minimum grade of “C” or higher is required