This program blends theory with hands on application of theoretical principles delivered through course work and a 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.
Level 1 Expected Availability Credits Fall Winter Summer Medical Terminology & AnatomyHLTH-1209 3 Yes Yes Yes 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-1107 2 Yes Yes Yes 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-1118 3 Yes Yes Yes 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-1119 3 Yes Yes Yes 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-1105 3 Yes Yes Yes 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-1108 2 Yes Yes Yes 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-1110 3 Yes Yes Yes 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-1112 2 Yes Yes Yes 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
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