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.

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.

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 or
MTH124
Statistics or
MTH125
College Algebra

TOTAL CREDITS 62-63

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

(See program option chart)

  • One-year OBR certificate
  • Associate of Technical Studies
  • Career Enhancement Certificate
    Note: The career enhancement certificate is for those with one year of working experience in the field. Clinical experience is not required for the career enhancement certificate

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).