Certificate Completers will be able to
. Apply aseptic technique, sterilization and disinfection principles.
. Apply methods of decontamination and use standard precautions.
. Classify surgical instruments.
. Prepare, package, and process items using various methods of sterilization.
. Apply guidelines for sterile storage.
. Distribute and inventory supplies and equipment.
. Write the national certification exam offered by the National Institute for Certification of Health Care Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel.
Requirements for Certificate Entry:
. High school diploma, GED or equivalent.
. Must be able to reach, bend, and stand for long periods of time (two to four hours), as well as lift, push, and pull (50 pounds).
Wisconsin Caregiver Law
NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.
. No final grade lower than “C” is acceptable in any courses. Courses with grades lower than “C” must be repeated in order to continue in, or complete this certificate.
. ST: Infection Control and Central Service Technician Theory are offered only online.
. Medical Terminology is offered in a variety of formats (i.e. online, in person, etc.)
. 31-512-335, Central Service Technician Theory is offered only in the Spring semester.
31-512-336, Central Service Technician Clinical is offered only in the Summer semester.
. Students currently employed in a Central Service department will have an opportunity to apply work experience toward clinical hours. Clinical hours total 152 hours (19 eight-hour days).
. The following courses will transfer into the Surgical Technologist technical diploma program:
31-512-326, ST: Infection Control
10-501-101, Medical Terminology
. 31-512-336, Central Service Clinical must be completed within 1 year after completing 31-512-335, Central Service Technician Theory.
. Students will be required to complete a caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the certificate.
. Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the certificate.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
Catalog No. Description Credits
31-512-336 Central Service Tech Clinical
31-512-335 Central Service Tech Theory
10-501-101 Medical Terminology
31-512-326 ST: Infection Control
31-512-336 Central Service Tech Clinical...provides the opportunity to apply knowledge of the responsibilities of a Central Service Technician. Skills include infection control, aseptic technique, decontamination, instrumentation, sterilization, and inventory control. Student will participate in providing quality patient care. (Prerequisite: 31-512-335, Central Service Technician Theory)
31-512-335 Central Service Tech Theory...provides the knowledge needed to implement the responsibilities of a Central Service Technician. Areas addressed include introduction to Central Service, anatomy and physiology, infection control, aseptic technique, decontamination, instrumentation, sterilization, and inventory control. (Corequisites: 31-512-326, ST: Infection Control; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology)
10-501-101 Medical Terminology...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
31-512-326 ST: Infection Control...covers the structure, general classification, reproduction and transmission of microorganisms. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of sterile technique and its impact on infection control in the health care setting.
For more information, please contact: The Health Sciences Department,(920) 498-5543 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 5543,or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.