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/programs/Pages/sterile-processing.aspxHealth Science ProgramsNoMichael Johnson 22/24/2021 1:44 PM
Sterile Processing Certificate
Sterile Processing CertificateApplication to Fall 2021 Sterile Processing Courses
10/28/2016 3:10 PM
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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​

Program Application Process
For the Fall 2021 semester, an application will be required to register for SURG courses in the Sterile Processing Program (SURG 1405, 1410, and 1415). The deadline to submit the application​ for priority review is Monday, March 19th. Applying by the priority deadline does not guarantee acceptance for registration of the courses. Applications will be processed in the order received. The first twenty qualified applicants will be accepted and notified by April 7, 2021 via email of permission to register for the courses. Please confirm that all contact information on file is current.​​

​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
For the Fall 2021 semester, an application will be required to register for SURG courses in the Sterile Processing Program (SURG 1405, 1410, and 1415). The deadline to submit the application​ for priority review is Monday, March 19th. Applying by the priority deadline does not guarantee acceptance for registration of the courses. Applications will be processed in the order received. The first twenty qualified applicants will be accepted and notified by April 7, 2021 via email of permission to register for the courses. Please confirm that all contact information on file is current.​

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

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