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  Nov 26, 2022
 
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Central Sterile Processing Technologist (6367) (T.C.)


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Technical Certificate

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

The mission of the Central Sterile Processing Technologist technical certificate is to prepare students for distinctive success in their academic and personal goals providing high value and relevant life-long education to a diverse community. Students receive the educational development and hands-on training required to prepare them to work closely with other surgical professionals in a medical setting and participate in clinical experiences made available by surgical service providers. Furthermore, the program seeks to remain in the forefront of ever-changing technology, embracing innovation in the delivery of services within the perioperative, field and educational facilities.

The Program

This program prepares students for a career as an entry-level Central Sterile Processing Technologist and member of the surgical team in the sterile processing department under the direct supervision of sterile processing manager. The goal of the program is to have graduates become contributing members of a healthcare team that demonstrates safety, infection control and aseptic processing techniques for equipment, instrumentation and supplies.

The program curriculum includes a combination of classroom studies, classroom lab practice, and clinical experience in the Sterile Processing Departments (sterile processing, materials management, operating room, pre- and post-anesthesia care, and labor and delivery) which prepares students to assist members of the surgical team (surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgical technologists in various roles). Students will also learn about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, pharmacology and anesthesia. Particular emphasis is placed upon the methodical skills and sterile techniques involved in pre-case planning and scrubbing various surgical procedures. Students will also learn about the preparation and maintenance of sterilized and unsterilized supplies.

The program will meet the educational standards set forth in the current AST Core 6th edition and the criteria set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology.

A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.

Internships/Externships/Rotations/Fieldwork

Clinical rotations are scheduled in various clinical settings throughout the program and are a required part of the program of study to assist give students the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in the community healthcare facilities while learning in the student role.

The Career

Sterile processing technologists work under the supervision of the sterile processing manager to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of aseptic processing techniques and procedures.

Certification/Licensing

This program enables the graduate to sit for the CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) through the American National Standards and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Application Procedure

Admission to this technical certificate is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.

Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Surgical Services program, students must

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
  3. Complete a Central Sterile Processing Technologist technical certificate application and submit to the Health Career Advising by the published deadline.
  4. Complete the required prerequisite coursework (4 credits) with a grade of C or better:
  5. Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) course for Healthcare Providers that includes hands-on simulated experiences.

Upon acceptance to the program, students must

  1. Submit to a criminal background check.
  2. Submit to a drug screening.
  3. Submit a physical examination.

Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.

Application Deadline(s)

  • Fall term deadline: May 15 of each year.
  • Spring term deadline: September 15 of each year.  

Need More Information? Contact:

(904) 713-4545 or hcic@fscj.edu

Prerequisites


Prior to being admitted to the program, an applicant must complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C or better:

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, additional fingerprinting and background check (e.g. the Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing/vaccine and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as tuberculosis (TB) test.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating. 
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up).
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.
     

Articulation


This certificate articulates directly into the Surgical Services (2167) (A.S.)   degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

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