# CTE Resource Center - Administrative Planning Guide - Sterile Processing Technician (8367/36 weeks)

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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Sterile Processing Technician (8367/36 weeks)

Course Description

Course Code:8367
Work-based Learning:Available
Duration:36 weeks
Suggested Grade Levels:11–12
Prerequisites:Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences (8302/36 weeks)

Students acquire knowledge of sterile processes and clean, disinfect, and distribute sterilized instruments and equipment in health-care facilities. Student instruction focuses on work in a sterile processing department and central service location, working as a team to maintain sterilization and storage, learning about microbiology and infection control, and apply principles and practices of sterile processing and decontamination. Upon completion, students will be able to take the international certification for sterile processing technicians. Students will complete a 400-hour externship, which requires 200 hours’ completion by high school graduation and 200 hours’ completion within six months of earning a provisional certification. Note: Following completion of the additional 200 hours, full certification is obtained.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Health Science
    • Biotechnology Research and Development
    • Diagnostics Services
    • Therapeutic Services

Available Credentials

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.