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Sterile Processing Basics Course

Sterile Processing Technical Competency Area

The Sterile Processing Technical Competency Area (TCA) is a one semester 4 credit-hour course which provides students with an integrated learning experience in knowledge, skills, values and competencies to meet the workforce needs for sterile processing technicians in acute care and ambulatory hospital settings. The curriculum is based on the standards and recommendations of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Students who successfully complete the curriculum will qualify to sit for the International Sterile Processing Department Technician Certification (CSPDT) Exam administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have:
      1. A high school diploma or GED and be admitted BRCC.
      2. Eligibility to take ENGL 1013 and MATH 1113/1213.
      3. *Drug Screen
      4. *Criminal Background Check

*Due to the practicum portion of the Sterile Processing Basics Course

Application Process

Admission to the Sterile Processing Basics course is open to qualified applicants each semester. The application for admission to the Sterile Processing TCA is available on the BRCC website. Class size is limited, applications will be processed and students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until the class is full. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be accepted.

Admission Process

Students admitted the Sterile Processing course will receive additional instructions regarding course requirements that include but are not limited to: submission of personal health history, results of a physical examination, a TB skin test and various immunizations as required by the clinical affiliates. Costs for all requirements for admission are incurred by the student.


Courses                                                                Credit Hours
HLSC 1204                Sterile Processing Basics                4

The HLSC 1204-Sterlie Processing Basic is a 4 credit hour course that includes 48 hours of classroom and laboratory training and 84 hours of external clinical training.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants to the Sterile Processing course must submit a criminal background check, with all costs incurred by the student. Applicants who have been charged with, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, been convicted of, or committed a criminal offense that involves a crime of violence or distribution of drugs may not be allowed to complete the practicum component of the program.

Urine Drug Screen

A positive urine drug screen or any attempt to tamper with a specimen may disqualify an applicant and/or result in dismissal for the Sterile Processing Course.