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Medical Instrument Sterilization Technician

  1. What is a medical instrument sterilization technician?
    A medical instrument sterilization technician works in the central service area of a hospital, outpatient surgical center or outpatient clinic. The central service area is responsible for the correct decontamination and sterilization of medical and surgical equipment/instruments.
  2. What are the job duties of medical instrument sterilization technicians?
    Medical instrument sterilization technicians are trained in the cleaning, processing, packaging, distributing, storing and inventory control of sterile goods, instruments, surgical trays and medical equipment.
  3. What credentials are required to work as a certified medical instrument sterilization technician?
    Graduates of Stark State College’s medical instrument sterilization technician program who have earned either a certificate or associate degree are eligible to take the national examination required to become a Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT).
  4. What degrees are offered?
    • One-year OBR certificate
    • Associate of Technical Studies
  5. What is the difference between the certificate and associate degree?
    The technical classes of the medical instrument sterilization curriculum are the same for both degrees. Students who choose to pursue an associate degree complete additional non-technical coursework to earn an associate of technical studies degree with a major in medical instrument sterilization.

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Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
MIS124  Medical Instrument Sterilization I
MIS125  Medical Instrument Sterilization I/Directed Practice
BIO125  Medical Terminology
ENG124  College Composition
MIS126  Medical Instrument Sterilization II
MIS127  Medical Instrument Sterilization II/Directed Practice
BIO123  Principles of Human Structure and Function (lab)
MIS123  Introduction to Surgical Terminology/Microbiology
MIS222  Medical Instrument Sterilization III
MIS223  Medical Instrument Sterilization III/Directed Practice
Social Science Elective
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
PSY121  General Psychology
COM122  Interpersonal Communication
BIO124  Human Diseases
PHL122  Ethics
COM121  Effective Speaking
BIO221  Principles of Microbiology (lab)
MTH105  Math for Allied Health

TOTAL CREDITS 62

One-Year Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
MIS124  Medical Instrument Sterilization I
MIS125  Medical Instrument Sterilization I/Directed Practice
BIO125  Medical Terminology
MIS126  Medical Instrument Sterilization II
MIS127  Medical Instrument Sterilization II/Directed Practice
MIS123  Introduction to Surgical Terminology/Microbiology
PHL122  Ethics
MIS222  Medical Instrument Sterilization III
MIS223  Medical Instrument Sterilization III/Directed Practice
ENG124  College Composition

TOTAL CREDITS 32

Career Enhancement Certificate Course Sequence

BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
MIS124  Medical Instrument Sterilization I
MIS126  Medical Instrument Sterilization II
MIS123  Introduction to Surgical Terminology/Microbiology
MIS222  Medical Instrument Sterilization III

TOTAL CREDITS 16