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Sterile Processing

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Sterile Processing

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MCC Sterile Processing students learning care, identification and handling of surgical tools.

Behind every successful surgery is a skilled Sterile Processing Technician! Are you ready to become an essential part of the healthcare team? It only takes 40 weeks. Our comprehensive Sterile Processing program offers expert training in instrument sterilization, infection control, and much more. With hybrid lectures and hands-on labs, you’ll be well-prepared to enter a new career in less than a year. 

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Those looking to start their career in the healthcare industry will excel in this program.

Campus:Study format:Start date:
Evergreen ParkHybrid10/28/2024
Program Length: 40 Instructional Weeks/2 Terms

What Does a Sterile Processing Technician Do?

According to Zippia, a sterile processing technician is responsible for performing the sterilization and decontamination processes for all laboratory and medical equipment.

Sterile processing technicians follow a strict process of sterilizing equipment, including replacing defective tools, and proper waste procedures of disposable items. They monitor inventories, deliver sterilized equipment to appropriate medical personnel, and organize equipment for medical procedures.

Responsibilities of a sterile processing technician include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and operate sterilization equipment
  • Sterilize, prepare, wrap and organize equipment into instrument trays for use during medical procedures
  • Prepare and deliver all necessary equipment and instruments for surgeries, examinations, medical procedures and medical carts
  • Maintain records of sterilization procedures, sterilized items, equipment maintenance and supplies

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Program Objectives

MCC’s Sterile Processing Technician is designed to present the advanced concepts and principles for developing skills and competencies required for infection prevention and control in the sterile processing department in a healthcare facility.

The program offers knowledge in cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination, sterilization, standard precautions, and universal precautions while introducing students to the concepts of hemostasis, packaging, distributing, storing and inventory control of sterile goods, instruments, trays, and equipment.

Upon successful completion of the program, the students will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam with CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution).

Career Outlook

Sterile processing technicians are considered a “Bright Outlook” career by O-Net’s My Next Move, which notes the career will grow rapidly in the next few years. Projected growth is 5-8% between 2022-2032 according to O-Net.

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203 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60601

312-236-9000 ext. 1



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