This ten-week course, offered only in the summer term, introduces students to the scientific principles that guide a central sterile surgical instrument technician (CSSIT) and gives hands-on training in the methods of care and sterilization of surgical instruments. The first phase of the class contains classroom content and the second phase is a preceptorship in which students are mentored in the skills of a central sterile surgical instrument technician.
Typically, positions in this field require a high school diploma or GED. However, neither is required for admission to this certificate program. Certification is available through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. Candidates may qualify to take the exam by completing this course with a passing grade of 70 or higher and with one year of experience performing surgical instrument processing.