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Subject Title

Subject Description
Introduces the SPT to the sterile processing role and environment, microbiology, infection control, aseptic technique and workplace environmental hazards

Credit Status
One credit toward the Medical Devices Reprocessing Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe cell structures, cell life and classification of micro-organisms as it applies to the care and handling of instruments and environmental risks;
  2. Describe and interpret the principles of infection control;
  3. Identify methods of transmission of pathogens and sources of contamination;
  4. Describe rationale and apply this knowledge to situations requiring asepsis in the work environment;
  5. Describe potential workplace risk with respect to infection control;
  6. Identify concepts related to the use of personal protective equipment;
  7. Describe and apply knowledge of microbiology and infection control to the four    main functions within the sterile processing department.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
Basic overview of bacteria
Size, Structure, Shape, Staining characteristics, Diseases
Method of bacterial transmission
Environmental factors that affect growth
Bacterial identification
Algae, Fungi, Viruses, Protozoa
Bacteria commonly involved in human disease
Biological agents
Safe practices in microbiology
Germ theory of disease
Chain of infection
Principles of asepsis
Hand hygiene
Standard Precautions
Bloodborne pathogens
Infection control practices
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Mode of Instruction
This will involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group work and discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
This is not a self-paced course. There is a schedule to follow.
Platform:  Desire2Learn

Prescribed Texts

Textbook 1
Medical Device Reprocessing Manual
 4th Edition
Author and Publisher: Central Service Association of Ontario (CSAO)
Please note: the Manual and workbook are not included in the student's registration fee and must be order online as below.
Textbooks can be ordered online through: under education select the Manual and the Workbook.

Textbook 2
Medical Device Reprocessing Workbook

Author and Publisher: Central Service Association of Ontario (CSAO)
Please note: the Manual and workbook are not included in the student's registration fee and must be order online as below.
Textbooks can be ordered online through: under education select the Manual and the Workbook.

Required Supplies
MS Word
Adobe Reader
PPT Reader

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  this includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams and accommodations.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Quiz # 1 10%
Quiz #2 10%
Test #1 20%
Test #2 25%
Final Exam Online - invigilated 35%

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g.., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g.., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


Approved by: Sharon Estok