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CRCST - TCE Self-Study Lessons

Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) - Technical Continuing Education (TCE) Self Study Lessons

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135Benchmarking
134Lean Management: Practices In Central Service Departments
133Understanding Biofilm
132Packaging Systems for Central Service Operations
131Central Service Equipment and Product Testing Procedures
130Laparoscopic Instruments: Cleaning and Testing Methods
129Role of Human Factors in Medical Device Design
128Critical Thinking Skills for Central Service Managers
127Benchmarking Dashboards
126Basics of Central Sterile Supply Orientation
125Central Sterile Supply Department Safety Practices
124Regulations, Voluntary Standards
123Developing and Utilizing Core Competencies
122The Joint Commission: CSSD Surveys
121Product Testing
120Basic Laparoscopic Instruments
119Validation and Verification
118Challenges of Extended Cycle Times
Continuing education for central service technicians

About Self-Study Lessons
Self-study lessons help you maintain your IAHCSMM certification by providing ongoing education to keep you up-to-date on the latest information in central service. Each lesson features a three-page article exploring a practical, central service-related topic and a 20-question exam. You will receive two points from IAHCSMM for every self-study lesson exam graded by Purdue University that you complete with a score of 70 percent or higher (14 out of 20 correct). Two attempts to achieve a passing score are permitted per examination. You can expect to study two hours on each lesson.

Six new self-study lessons are published annually, from March to January, here on the Purdue Distance Learning Web site and in the IAHCSMM Communiqué magazine. Each lesson is valid up to three years after the publication date.

Self-Study Lesson Subscription: $75
Note: Subscription enrollment open from January to June 30th
The lessons included are 135 - 140 that will be published in 2014-2015 for the 2014 recertification period. The final lesson (140) will be published in January of 2015. A subscription consists of six self-study lessons, published every other month from March through January each year. The subscription series price of $75 is a $15 savings off the regular $90 ($15 x 6 lessons) published price.

Subscriptions By Mail - Your lessons will arrive in the mail every other month. Simply read the article, complete the exam, and then mail the exam to Purdue Distance Learning to be graded. Please allow two weeks to receive your grade.

Subscriptions Online - You will be provided a username and password to access your exams. When you have completed all six lessons, written documentation of your scores will be mailed to you.

Individual Self-Study Lessons: $15
Individual self-study lessons can be downloaded from our Web site and mailed in to be graded.

Purdue/IAHCSMM Self-Study Lesson Comparison
In addition to Purdue University, IAHCSMM is now offering online grading of self-study lessons on their Web site. The lesson articles are the same; however you have two attempts to achieve a passing grade with the Purdue grading option.

For more information: centralserv@purdue.edu