Central Sterile Processing (CSP)

CSP 101 - Introduction to Central Sterile Services

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Introduces students to the central service area of health care facilities and the responsibilities and role of the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). Explores the practical application of concepts and procedures, such as regulations and standards, safety, personal protective equipment (PPE), universal precautions, and the work flow of the central service department.
Lecture 1 hours. Total 1 hours per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed for students interested in a health-related career in the central sterile department. The course prepares students to perform the role of central service technician in the areas of disinfection, decontamination, transportation of soiled items, and processing of surgical instrumentation and equipment.

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CSP 106 - Surgical Instrumentation

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Prepares the student to visually identify surgical instruments and distinguish category, use, and name of each instrument. Emphasizes quality assurance and provides the student with the skills to package and inspect instrumentation and equipment for sterilization.
Laboratory 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed with an emphasis on the knowledge and recognition of medical instruments, as well as instrumentation practice skills. The course covers topics, such as instrument identification, categories, use, and inspection. Emphasizes quality assurance testing, instrument tray set-up, packaging, tamper-evident seals, robotic and laser instruments, endoscopes, complex instruments, regulations, and proper inspection of medical instrumentation.

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CSP 107 - Fundamentals of Central Sterile Service

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Prepares the student for entry level practice in the assembly area of the central service department. Covers the packaging process and sterilization method with an emphasis on disposable packaging materials, package closure methods, package labeling, sterility maintenance, selection of appropriate packing material, and identification of instruments by category, use, and name. Emphasizes quality assurance to enable the student to inspect, assemble, and prepare instrumentation for packaging.
Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

This course develops competency for the clinical experience where the student will identify surgical instruments by category, use, and name for the preparation and packaging for use in hospital procedures.

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CSP 135 - Central Sterile Infection Control

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Introduces the fundamentals of control. Content will include an introduction to concepts of microbiology including cell structure and theory, microbial function, human and pathogen relationships, infectious process, blood-borne and airborne pathogens, defense microorganisms, and principles of microbial control and destruction.
Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

This course develops infection control knowledge and competency in the health care environment with a focus on the surgical microbial infection.

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CSP 191 - Fundamental Clinical Applications

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Provides students hands-on practice in the clinical setting of central sterile service with an emphasis on the decontamination and processing areas. Provides the clinical experience required for International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) certification.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides clinical experience in the central sterile environment in preparation for practice as a certified central sterile technician, 135 hours toward the 400 clinical hours required for the IAHCSMM certification exam, and clinical experience in decontamination and processing.

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CSP 205 - Intermediate Central Sterile Services

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Prepares the student for point-of-use processing, immediate use steam sterilization, and high-heat and low-heat sterilization methods. Emphasizes proper procedures involved in transporting sterile goods through facilities and between various clinical sites and quality assurance to ensure customer satisfaction and safety, records maintenance, sterile storage, and central service inventory.
Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides competency for the clinical experience where the student will be able to perform point-of-use processing of surgical instrumentation and equipment, low-heat sterilization, high-heat sterilization, immediate use steam sterilization, recordkeeping, and the transport of sterile items. Students will be able to maintain sterile storage, quality assurance, and central service inventory.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: CSP 107, Fundamentals of Central Sterile Services

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CSP 291 - Intermediate Clinical Applications

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Provides the student with continued hands-on practice in the clinical setting with an emphasis packaging, wrapping, and sterilization in the clinical setting within a central sterilization processing department. Provides the clinical experience required for International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Certification.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides clinical experience in the central sterile environment in preparation for practice as a certified central sterile technician and provides 135 hours toward the 400 clinical hours in wrapping, packaging, and sterilization required for the IAHCSMM certification exam.

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Prerequisite: CSP 191, Fundamental Clinical Applications

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CSP 292 - Advanced Clinical Applications: Capstone

Course Description

Effective: 2018-01-01

Provides continued hands-on clinical experience in a central sterilization processing department. Emphasizes the student's ability to demonstrate distribution, sterile storage, and case cart preparation in the clinical setting with minimal supervision and provides hours required for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) certification.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This is a capstone course which provides clinical experience in the central sterile environment in preparation for practice as a certified central sterile technician, 135 hours toward the 400 clinical hours required for the IAHCSMM Certification Exam, and clinical experience in distribution, sterile storage, and case cart preparation.

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Prerequisite: CSP 291, Intermediate Clinical Applications

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