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Sterile Processing

Sterile Processing Technician's are medical professionals responsible for sterilizing instrument sets, supplies, and equipment needed in the operating room, emergency room, and labor & delivery departments.

Columbus State Community College offers a two-semester Sterile Processing Certificate concurrent with a five semester Associate of Technical Studies Degree program.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the International Certification Exam issued by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). Upon successful completion of the exam, students are credentialed as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST).

The CRCST Certification is accredited by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Upon completion of the Sterile Processing Technology Certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Accurately demonstrate a safe and professional level of practice, skills and knowledge in their role as a Sterile Processing Technicians.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral, and medical standards related to the patient and the sterile processing team.
  • Perform proficiently and competently as an entry-level Sterile Processing Technician in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Students will be prepared to take the Certification Exam administered by IAHCSMM.
  • Students will be accountable as a medical professional and value the attributions of the Sterile Processing Technician to the medical facility.