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.
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.
What is the difference between the certificate and associate degree?
The technical classes of the medical instrument sterilization curriculum are the same for both programs. 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.