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Program Description

This program blends theory with hands on application of theoretical principles delivered through course work and an optional 150 hour field placement.  Students will acquire the knowledge and skills for career opportunities in hospitals, surgical centres and health care settings related to the sterilization, preparation and storage of equipment, instruments and supplies.  Students will learn critical techniques in safe handling instrumentation, infection control and aseptic techniques.


Program Requirements

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Medical Terminology & AnatomyHLTH-12093YesYes
This basic course will focus on the anatomical structure and functions of the human body and the related terminology used to describe body parts, structure, and function. Related terminology will also include general or symptomatic terms, diagnostic terms, surgical procedures and abbreviations.
Human RelationsMGMT-11072YesYes
This course teaches you what makes people 'tick' and how to keep them going! You will gain practical insights into more effective ways to handle people and improve your overall performance.
Microbiology & InfectionHLTH-11183YesYes
This course introduces the student to the sterile processing role and environment which includes microbiology, infection control, aseptic technique and workplace environmental hazards.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Ident, Care, Handling of InstrumentationHLTH-11193YesYes
This course introduces the student to instrument classification, specifics of proper handling techniques and recognition of common problems related to instrument usage. Upon successful completion students will differentiate and recognize surgical instrumentation required for various surgical procedures.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Decontamination, Principles, ProceduresHLTH-11053YesYes
Students are introduced to the principles of decontamination including instrument/equipment disassembly, various methods of cleaning/disinfection, use of decontamination equipment (automated), proper workflow, standard precautions and the safe handling of sharps and medical bio-hazardous waste material. NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Assembly, Wrapping & PackingHLTH-11082YesYes
This course introduces students to the proper techniques for the assembly, wrapping and/or packaging of surgical instruments, supplies and patient care equipment. Advances in surgical technique have resulted in the regular use of a wide assortment of complex and sophisticated surgical instrumentation. Healthcare professionals need to make sure these delicate and expensive items are protected, and sterilized according to the medical device manufacturer's written instructions to minimize and eliminate patient risk.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Disinfection & Sterile ConceptsHLTH-11103YesYes
The proper sterilization of medical devices, surgical instruments, supplies and equipment utilized in direct patient care and surgery is a critical aspect of the modern health care delivery system and directly impacts patient safety. Sterilization is a complex process, it's imperative technicians involved in the reprocessing and sterilization of medical devices have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methods of sterilization utilized in today's health care settings. In this course many of these principles will be introduced and common sterilization processes will be compared and evaluated.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Sterile Storage, Inventory & ManagementHLTH-11122YesYes
This course introduces students to sterile storage, inventory control, distribution systems including the case care system, portering, and stock rotation.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing IntroHLTH-12883YesYes
This course will review the disinfecting, cleaning and sterilization of endoscopes.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 6 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe principles of microbiology and infection prevention and control in the reprocessing of patient care equipment, medical devices, and surgical and endoscopic instruments to keep patients and healthcare staff safe
  2. Identify the steps to transport and decontaminate reusable patient care equipment, medical devices, and surgical and endoscopic instruments
  3. Identify the steps to sort, select, inspect, and package patient care equipment, medical devices, and surgical and endoscopic instruments to ensure cleanliness, functionality, and process compatibility
  4. Explain how to select, load, operate, test, and troubleshoot steam and low temperature sterilizers and automatic endoscopic reprocessors following critical parameters and quality assurance indicators
  5. Explain how to store, inventory, transport and distribute patient care equipment, medical devices, and surgical and endoscopic instruments to maintain sterile integrity
  6. Recognize occupational health and safety hazards and risks in the medical device reprocessing workplace and how they can be mitigated using practices such as dress code, work area design, and workflow
  7. Identify medical devices and supplies required for specific patient care procedures based on knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and surgical instrumentation
  8. Identify important human relations in the medical device reprocessing workplace, and the role and function of the individual within a healthcare organizational structure
  9. Discuss the importance of following written department policies and standard operating procedures based on Canadian Standards Association guidelines and device and equipment manufacturers’ instructions for use in medical device reprocessing

Program Details

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Health and Nursing