Performance Requirements: Central Sterile Processing

You must meet the following performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare during your time in our program and throughout your career.

Physical Requirements

  • Visual acuity (with corrective lenses if needed) to:
    • Identify cyanosis
    • Observe absence of respiratory movement in patients
    • See adverse skin reactions to treatments
    • Read very fine print on monitors and equipment
    • Evaluate images for diagnostic quality
  • Hearing ability (with auditory aids if needed) to:
    • Understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face
    • Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients, equipment timers and alarms
  • Manual dexterity to:
    • Use sterile techniques
    • Manipulate and assemble equipment for use
  • Physical ability to:
    • Stand for prolonged periods of time
    • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    • Lift objects of 35 pounds or more
    • Push pieces of equipment from room to room
    • Maneuver in limited spaces

Special Precaution

You must not be restricted from working industrial grade cleaning solutions.

Communication Requirements

  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written form by:
    • Speaking clearly and succinctly when interacting with nurses, surgeons, team leaders, etc.
    • Using electronic means (computers) to talk with others
  • Function safely under stressful conditions with the ability to:
    • Adapt to the ever-changing environment inherent in clinical situations involving the sterilization of equipment
  • Computer skills to:
    • Use a variety of software programs and the internet for research and course projects, including PowerPoint for presentations



Trinity River Campus

Theresa Steele
Program Director


Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub

Kimberlyn Moore-Debrossard
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1484


Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated January 29, 2024