Monroe County Community College is once again offering the 12-week, 63-hour Sterile Processing Technician program, a noncredit, medical career training track that awards continuing education units upon completion. 

The Sterile Processing Technician course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. beginning March 1, 2022, ending May 24, 2022. The course is a combination of in-person lectures, hands-on labs and site visits to a local healthcare facility.

The course is designed to prepare students to function as a sterile processing professional in multiple healthcare settings. Sterile processing technicians perform and participate in decontamination, cleaning, assembling, packaging, scanning, sterilization, storage and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment. The cost of the course is $1,995. The sterile processing student should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or equivalency. There is potential for funding for this program through Michigan Works! American Job Center.  

“There is a local need for sterile processing technicians, and successful completers can expect to earn a starting hourly wage between $16 and $20 per hour or more,” said Barry Kinsey, director of workforce development. “Most of the students who have attended previous training sessions are actively employed in the field.” 

Working in a sterile processing area requires specific knowledge and skills, including an understanding of the following key areas and topics: 

  • Knowledge of surgical instruments and specialty devices 
  • Decontamination, packaging and sterilization of surgical instrumentation 
  • Processing, cleaning, testing, assembly and distribution of movable patient care equipment 
  • Storage, handling and distribution of sterile surgical instrumentation and devices, as well as inventory control and cost recovery systems 
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology 
  • Infection prevention, decontamination and disinfection processes 

Students who complete this comprehensive course with a passing grade of 70 or higher will be prepared to sit for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician Certification Exam. 

The course will be taught by Melanie Leath, certified sterile processing supervisor/educator with Promedica Toledo Hospital (OH) since 2000 and lead instructor for the central sterile diploma program at Stautzenberger College in Maumee, OH. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from University of Toledo (OH) and she serves on the Owens Community College (OH) Sterile Process Committee. 

For additional information and to register for the Sterile Processing Technician program, contact Michigan Works! American Job Center (734) 240-7950 and specifically state your interest in the Sterile Processing Technician program at Monroe County Community College.  You can also contact Kinsey at MCCC at (734) 384-4124. 

About Monroe County Community College 

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu

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