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Sterile Processing

Sterile Processing Certificate
Sterile Processing

Program Overview

The Sterile Processing Certificate is a 30-credit program that prepares graduates to work in medical facilities that prepare surgical instruments, supplies and equipment necessary for healthcare. ​​​This program includes a broad introduction to health sciences, as well as medical language, communication and computers. The program curriculum includes decontamination, preparation, packing, sterilization and sterile storage.

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.

Students who successfully complete the certificate program are prepared for entry-level employment in a sterile processing position, eligible to take the certification examination following 400 hours of professional employment, and eligible to apply to the Surgical Technology AAS degree​ program at Saint Paul College.  

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online and traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • ​Decontamination 
  • Preparation 
  • Packaging 
  • Sterilization 
  • Sterile Storage​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​Additional Program Materials
    Students should expect to spend approximately $135 for supplies. This cost is beyond the cost of tuition and fees.​

  • Career Settings

    • ​Hospitals 
    • Outpatient centers
    • Instrument processing centers
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  • Additional Benefits

    Students who successfully complete the certificate program are prepared for entry-level employment in a sterile processing position, eligible to take the certification examination following 400 hours of professional employment, and eligible to apply to the Surgical Technology AAS degree program at Saint Paul College.

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Gainful Employment

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Career Information

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