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/programs/Pages/sterile-processing.aspxHealth Science ProgramsNoMichael Johnson 21/24/2023 10:03 AM
Sterile Processing Certificate
Sterile Processing Certificate
The application for the FALL 2023 Sterile Processing cohort is open.  The application will close on February 21, 2023, at 12:00pm.  Students will be notified by March 21, 2023 of their application status.
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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.

  • ​Hospitals 
  • Outpatient centers
  • Instrument processing centers
Sterile Processing Gainful Employment InfoSterile Processing

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​

Progra​m Application Process
The application for the FALL 2023 Sterile Processing cohort is open. The application will close on February 21, 2023, at 12:00pm. Students will be notified by March 21, 2023 of their application status.

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

Program Application Process​
The application for the FALL 2023 Sterile Processing cohort is open. The application will close on February 21, 2023, at 12:00pm. Students will be notified by March 21, 2023 of their application status.

This program uses the cohort model. Therefore all Surgical Technology core courses must be taken concurrently within each semester.

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

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