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Surgical Instrument Technician SPT.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 13 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Surgical Technology
Effective as of Fall 2023

To become a specialist in surgical instrumentation and sterilization practices to ensure all patients receive quality surgical care.

What is the program about?

The Surgical Instrument Technician short-term certificate program will prepare the graduate to work within a health-care facility to ensure medical and surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment are properly cleaned, prepared, processed, stored, and distributed for patient care and surgical use. Knowledge of basic human anatomy, medical terminology, and a combination of sterilization, inventory control, and information technologies are integrated into the curriculum to ensure a safe outcome for all patients. This program combines both lecture, lab, and a practicum to prepare the Sterile Processing Technician student to take the CRCST Exam upon graduation and upon completion of 400 work related hours in a Sterile Processing Department. Hours attained during practicum count as credit toward the 400 work related hours required for CRCST Exam eligibility. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors of caring, accountability, responsibility, and respect for the quality of care of patient's.
  • Utilize critical thinking as a basis for clinical judgment and anticipatory decision making when managing all tasks related to sterile processing.
  • Demonstrate basic technical skills in managing the process for surgical instrumentation sterilization, inventory control and supply chain management, and information technology as it relates to the sterile processing environment.


Students are eligible to take the CRCST Exam upon graduation and upon completion of 400 work related hours in a Sterile Processing Department.


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
SUT 1100 Sterile Processing I 4
SUT 1200 Sterile Processing II 3
SUT 1207 Directed Practice for Sterile Processing II 2
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.