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- 22 week credit program
- starts September


The Central Sterile Processing Program is a 22 week program which is full time studies - 16 weeks theory and six weeks practicum. This program is designed to train the participants with the necessary skills to become employees as Central Supply Processing Technicians in hospitals, surgical centres, long term care facilities, and private agencies providing health and home care. Emphasis is on the development of technical skills such as cleaning, packaging, sterilization, storage and handling of sterile supplies with a special focus on infection control, aseptic technique, decontamination, equipment reassembly and function testing.


Fees Due August 4, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999
Last Day of Lectures December 10, 1999
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11
Field Trips n/a
Practicum Placement Jan. 4 - May 30, 2000 (6 weeks)
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999


Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent. English 30/33 required and Biology preferred.

Professional Requirements
Applicants should have an expressed an interest to develop the skills necessary to perform the technical functions related to the care, handling disassembly and assembly of medical equipment and surgical instruments. In order to have a practicum placements and/or work with some private agencies, you may be required to be bonded - this requires a Criminal Record Check. The logistics for obtaining a Criminal Record Check and the impact of certain criminal records on program completion and employment will be discussed prior to acceptance into the program.

Medical Requirements
Applicants are required to submit an Immunization report identifying immunization against common, communicable diseases prior to the beginning of the first practicum. Applicants are also required to undergo a medical examination and submit a physician's report prior to the beginning of classes. Hepatitis B inoculation (first of series) prior to entering the practicum setting is strongly recommended. Documentation of annual Tuberculosis testing and a record of contact or infection with Varicella will be required.


Studentsı Association
Books and Supplies

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will be awarded a Credential of Academic Achievement from Lethbridge Community College.


At the completion of this training, employers of Central Sterile Processing units will be able to hire individuals who have received pre employment training. These individuals will be knowledgable of Central Sterile Processing techniques and procedures. Employment opportunities could vary from private agencies, long term care facilities and home care agencies.


None at this time.


Hours Credits
CPU 151 Introduction to Computes 48 3
BIO 142 Medical Microbiology 64 4
COM 162 Interpersonal Relationships & Communications 48 3
CSP 150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology 64 4
CSP 160 Principals and Practices of Surgical Instrument Processing 96 6
ENG 150 English 48 3
CSP 155 Practicum (6 weeks) 240 3


BIO 142 Microbiology (4 credits) For students intending to work in a clinical setting. Students will be introduced to the major groups of pathogenic microorganisms, fungi, bacteria, viruses, campylobacter, rickettsia, and protozoans that they are likely to encounter in a clinical setting. The course will cover structure, mechanisms of transmission and other characteristics of organisms concentrating on bacteria and viruses, and will provide the opportunity for students to develop skills of handling culturing and recognizing these organisms.

COM 162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications (3 credits) DLS This course Improves the self concept of students as well as provide them with the skills to successfully relate with other people on a personal, social and business basis. Designed for personal growth and attitudinal change, this course provides opportunities to develop communication skills, recognition and understanding of self concept, skills in enhancing interpersonal relationships, procedures for goal setting and techniques in decision making. Not available for supplemental or challenge. AU/UC/UA.

CPU 151 Introduction to Computers (3 credits) This course is an introduction to personal computers. Students review the components and operation of microcomputers and gain a working knowledge of the operating system, word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Forms the basis for computer applications and subsequent courses in the respective program areas. AU/KUC/UC.

CSP 150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits) This course covers the study of prefixes, suffixes and word roots which most medial terms are derived from, taught in combination with anatomy & physiology, to understand the structure and function of organs and systems in the human body. Not available for supplemental.

CSP 155 Practicum (240 hours, 6 weeks) (3 credits) To be completed at various sites in a hospital setting (surgical suite, day procedures, central processing) with shift rotation and completing a skills competency check list. This course is Only entered after successful completion of course work and at accredited clinical sites arranged by practicum coordinator. Staggered entry to utilize appropriate environment. May require travel to outlying communities. Graded CR/NCR. Not available for supplemental.

CSP 160 Principals & Practices of Surgical Instrumental Processing (6 credits) This course equips students with the thorough knowledge of the complexities, precautions, and techniques associated with Microbiology, Infection Control, Disinfection, and Sterilization Technology. Students will develop the skills necessary to perform the technical functions related to the care, handling, disassembly, and assembly of medical equipment and surgical instruments. Not available for supplemental.

ENG 150 Composition (3 credits) DLS Prerequisite: English 30 or 33 or equivalent and satisfactory performance on required English Skills Test. Familiarity with word processing would be an asset. This course covers a blend of academic and practical writing. Assignments include abstracts, letters, memos, proposals, progress reports, research papers, employment related communications, and oral communications. Not available for supplemental. AU/CC/KUC/UC/UL.




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