Part-time Continuing Education
Certificate
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie

Overview

Graduates of this part-time program will acquire the knowledge and skills for career opportunities in hospitals, surgical centres and health care settings related to the sterilization, preparation and storage of equipment, instruments and supplies. Students will learn critical techniques in safe handling of instrumentation, infection control and aseptic techniques. All theory courses are on-line. Students will learn:

  • Apply knowledge of the principles of infection control and personal protection in the decontamination, packaging and sterilization of instruments and equipment.
  • Perform decontamination procedures and practices for patient care equipment and surgical
  • Prepare equipment and supplies of sterilization.
  • Package instruments and supplies.
  • Sterilize instruments and supplies
  • Clean, check and prepare micro-instruments for sterilization.
  • Identify predictable problems in the care and handling of instrumentation.
  • Identify the principles of inventory control, sterile storage and distribution of supplies.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers.

Thisis a part-time program that is offered online via the internet, while the final course (SSP1216) is offered via independent study and can be started at any time. Online courses begin every January, May and September. Some online courses begin each month.

This program is available on a course by course basis. Students may choose to complete one or more courses each semester. Students in this program are not eligible for OSAP funding. Courses within this program must be completed within 7 years, unless otherwise specified.

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 English (C) ENG4C or mature student status.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

Fieldwork experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply classroom theory to an actual employment situation. Students with experience in the sterile processing field may apply for prior learning assessment (PLAR).

All applicants with be required to submit documentation of having completed the following procedures prior to entering clinical/lab, identified courses and/or field placement components of the program. If the appropriate documentation is not received with at least two weeks before the start of the identified clinical/lab/course and/or field placement, it may be necessary to withdraw the student from the course.

  • A current (within six months) Police Record Search. This is required by students as they are enrolled in a program during which they will have unsupervised access to vulnerable persons
  • Immunization and Heath Record Form. This form includes the following immunization requirements:, Two-step TB test, Immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, current tetanus, diphtheria immunization, current influenza immunization.
  • Statement of Confidentiality Form, WSIB, and Workplace Agreement Form. These forms will be given to you to sign prior to your fieldwork placement.
  • WHMIS.

All costs associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Career Path

Graduates of this part-time program will acquire the knowledge and skills for career opportunities in hospitals, surgical centres and health care settings related to the sterilization, preparation and storage of equipment, instruments and supplies. Students will learn critical techniques in safe handling of instrumentation, infection control and aseptic techniques.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/

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Some hospitals may also require reprocessing staff to complete the CSAOs (Central Service Association of Ontario) course and hold CSAO or CSA certification.
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