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New Sterile Processing Certificate Program Offered at Owens Community College

Students interested in a career in the health technology field now can pursue such an opportunity by participating in a new Sterile Processing Certificate Program offered at the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus.

"Through a collaborative effort between Owens Community College and Northwest Ohio health care institutions, this new program is being initiated in response to the ever-increasing need for Central Service Technicians in the health care community's sterile processing areas," said Dawn Wetmore, Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Technologies.

According to Wetmore, students participating in this program will learn how to properly sterilize, store and maintain surgical supplies and equipment in a medical facility's central service area.

The Sterile Processing Certificate requires 13.5 credit hours of classes which include anatomy and physiology, essentials of microbiology, medical terminology, field experience and two sterile processing courses.

Following the completion of the College's certificate program, Owens graduates are eligible to take the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician exam offered by the National Institute for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel. The exam is offered annually in April and September.

Some of the course credits earned from the Sterile Processing Certificate Program also may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Surgical Technologies for those students interested in furthering their education, Wetmore said.

"Individuals in this profession can be found applying their sterile processing knowledge at major hospitals, clinics and doctor's and dentist's offices," said Kris Flickinger, Owens Coordinator of the Surgical Technology program.

"The lack of training in the sterile processing area can jeopardize a patient's health in surgical areas," Flickinger said. "This is why it is critically important to have well-trained sterile processing professionals."

Courses in the Sterile Processing Certificate Program will be offered during this Fall Semester on the Toledo-area Campus, which is on Oregon Road located four miles from Downtown Toledo. Classes start August 26.

To register, or for more information about the College's Sterile Processing Certificate Program, call (567) 661-7310 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7310.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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