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Admissions Requirements

Specific Program Admission Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Sterile Processing Technology program.

  • Math placement testing into MATH1020 Beginning Algebra I or completion of DEV 0115 Pre-Algebra. A student who has college algebra transfer credit (grade of "C" or better) is not required to take the placement test.
  • Placement testing into ENGL 1100 or completion of ENGL 0190. Student who has college transfer credit for ENGL 1100 is not required to take the placement test.
  • Course completion of the following:
    1. High school graduate or GED equivalency
    2. High school biology (grade of "C" or better) within the past five years or BIO 0100 or BIO 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better).
  • Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better in courses related to the plan of study.
  • Attending mandatory Information Session


Autumn Information Session Dates

Friday September 5, 2014 12pm-1pm DE106A

Wednesday September 17, 2014 3pm-4pm DE113

Wednesday October 1, 2014 3pm-4pm DE113

Friday October 17, 2014 12pm-1pm DE106A

Thursday October 30, 2014 3pm-4pm DE106A

Monday November 3, 2014 12pm-1pm NH 313

Tuesday November 18, 2014 3pm-4pm DE106A

Wednesday December 3, 2014 3pm-4pm DE 117


Upon acceptance into the Sterile Processing Technology program, the following additional items are required to be completed by the student before registration for autumn semester will be allowed:

  • Completed Health Record on file at the Health Records Office, including drug testing and background check.

Acceptance is conditional on submission and clearance of student background history by the Columbus State Community College Public Safety Department, and drug screening clearance by the Columbus State Community College Health Records Office. Prospective students can obtain additional information at program information sessions or by contacting the Sterile Processing Office at 614-287-5215 or


Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases

Students in this program perform clinical work on real people. Columbus State does not discriminate against students, faculty, or patients in any way, or based on color, creed, national origin, gender, disability or sexual preference. The patient populations with whom we work come from all walks of life, thus students may be exposed to many types of communicable diseases. These are not limited to, but may include, hepatitis (A, B, C or D), HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, measles, German measles, and mumps.

All students are required to have appropriate immunizations after they are admitted to the program (information is given to all admitted students). Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may accidentally expose him/herself. All students entering the program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential. All students are encouraged to have personal health insurance in effect by the first day of class.