Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Clinical Sterile Procedures

 Title Abbreviation:   CLINICAL STERILE PROCED

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    108

 Credits:    6

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    7

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Theory of surgical asepsis and proper disposal of biohazardous and contaminated materials. Discussion of body mechanics and rehabilitative medicine. Principles of nutrition and diet therapy. Awareness of culture, ethnicity, and economics regarding patient compliance. Accurate charting and documentation principles. Includes lab practice of selected sterile procedures.


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AHE 107 and department chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Prepare and maintain examination and treatment areas.
  2. List some guidelines for explaining routine procedures to patients.
  3. Identify and state the use, care and maintenance of commonly used instruments, supplies, and equipment.
  4. Assist the physician with routine examinations, procedures, treatments and minor surgery.
  5. Recognize emergencies and take appropriate actions.
  6. Perform surgical handwashing.
  7. Perform sterilization of equipment, instruments and supplies.
  8. Properly dispose of biohazardous and contaminated supplies and disposable equipment.
  9. Prepare and instruct patients for procedures, treatments and minor surgeries.
  10. Apply the principles of body mechanics.
  11. Discuss the aspects of rehabilitative medicine.
  12. Understand the principles of good nutrition.
  13. State the purposes of diet therapy.
  14. Discuss the principles of immunity and development of infections.
  15. Prepare sterile trays to allow the provider or healthcare worker to perform treatments or procedures.
  16. Explain casts and casting procedures.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

Course Contents

  1. Sterilization procedures and principles.
  2. Minor surgery: Sterile tray setups.
  3. Medical assistantís role in patient preparation and explanation of instructions to patient.
  4. Identification of instruments, their use and care.
  5. Bone fractures and casting.
  6. Principles of nutrition and diet therapy.
  7. Body mechanics.
  8. Rehabilitative medicine.
  9. Surgical handwash
  10. Surgical aseptic procedures.