Surgical Processing Technician Program Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Surgical Processing Technician program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical processing technicians with the knowledge and skills required to work in a central supply/sterile processing department of a healthcare facility.

  • Reading and Written Communication: Students will demonstrate competent writing and reading throughout their programs of study.
  • Oral Communication: Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills in both general and major-specific contexts.
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning: Students will use critical analysis and reasoning, supported by knowledge and skills learned throughout their degree programs, to enhance personal and professional decision making:
    • Quantitative analysis and reasoning
    • Analysis and reasoning in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and arts
    • Ethical analysis and reasoning
    • Reasoning in career-related contexts
  • Knowledge and Skills for Living in a Diverse Society: Students will consider multiple perspectives (quantitative and qualitative, among individuals, from different cultural contexts, etc.) when making decisions independently or as part of a team.
  • Information Literacy: Students will define and articulate their needs for information and access this information effectively and efficiently.
  • Integration of Learning: Students will develop the ability to integrate their learning, making connections within their major, between fields, between curricular and co-curricular activities, and between academic knowledge and practice.
  • Provide students with a background in the basic sciences and a mastery of decontamination and sterilization processes.
  • Educate students regarding the ethical, legal, and professional principles of the healthcare profession and the scope of their practice as a patient advocate.
  • Prepare students for successful completion of the Certified Registered Central Service Technician Exam, administered by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA), formerly known as the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM).
  • Ensure students enter the workforce as qualified and technically skilled healthcare professional in the ever-changing healthcare environment.
  • Educate students to prepare and assemble instruments for distribution, and to process supplies and equipment from operating rooms and nursing units throughout the healthcare facility.
  • Instruct students to employ HIPAA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and other infection control measures in the healthcare setting.
  • Prepare students to effectively interact with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team in a therapeutic and professional manner.
  • Prepare graduates for success in career advancement.