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2024 - 2025 Catalog Year
Surgical Instrument Technician (Full-time)

Degree: Short-term Technical Certificate
Division: Health Sciences

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)

Description: Orientation to the health care delivery system, including history, economics, medical/legal issues, professionalism, ethics, sociological aspects and wellness concepts. Orientation to the use of technology in the health care system will also be provided, including user interfaces, telecommunications and networks. The development of health care team skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving strategies and multicultural health care perspectives, will be presented. One classroom, three lab hours per week.

Description: Basic prefixes, roots and suffixes; terminology including anatomic, diagnostic, symptomatic, procedural, eponymic terms and standard abbreviations required for a working knowledge and understanding of the language of medicine.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035


An introduction to the principles, techniques and issues in the surgical and sterile processing environment. Topics include, sterile technique, packaging and wrapping techniques, sterilization methods, basic surgical instruments, basic microbiology, and hospital equipment identification. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

Notes: A Term Fall and Spring only

Description: Offers advanced principles of inventory control, materials management, information technology, and quality control systems integral to the Sterile Processing department in health-care facilities. Introduces specialty surgical instrumentation and patient care equipment. Prepares the student to take the CRCST exam upon graduation and completion of 400 work related hours.

Notes: B Term Fall and Spring only

Prerequisites: ALH 1101 and SUT 1100 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Provides 'hands on' experience in a clinical environment to assist in integration of all concepts basic to the field of Sterile Processing. Students will participate in all areas of the Sterile Processing department to include decontamination, instrument set preparation, sterilization, case cart preparation, business technologies for storage and distribution, and quality control and monitoring processes. Twenty-one practicum hours per week.

Notes: B Term Fall and Spring only

Prerequisites: ALH 1101 and SUT 1100 and Restricted to Majors


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