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"I thoroughly enjoyed the Microcredential program on Cross-Contamination with CCI.  I wanted to make time to let you know how much meaning that this coursework can have in the industry. I have been singing the praises of this program. Thanks again for your work on this very important topic!" -Barbara H.

“I love to challenge myself in my profession and this has given me another opportunity to do just that! I hope this is just the start of more to come for us in this industry. I believe this should be required for those of us in Sterile Processing. It allows you to pause and think about the processes we do day in, day out. Places a patient behind everything we do and a reminder that we are technicians, not machines. Complacency is real and dangerous. We should be checking ourselves through education and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that!” - Brian Y.



Course Outline

Required Modules (must complete all 9 of the following to receive microcredential)

·Knowledge Assessment: Quiz

·Skills: Lesson 1 - The Process Approach to Managing Quality

·Skills: Lesson 2 - Influencing Quality Management in Theory and Practice

·Skills: Lesson 3 - Quality Management in Sterile Processing Workflows

·Skills: Lesson 4 - Analysis of Risk and Proactive Problem-Solving

·Skills Lesson 5 - Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA): Instrument Damage Prevention Project

·Skills: Lesson 6 - Sterile Processing Work Systems Analysis Project

·Attitude/Behavior: Lesson 7 - Essential Job Functions of Sterile Processing Quality Professionals

·Post-Course Survey- Likert Scale

Upon successful completion of the course, learners receive:

· Electronic certificate of completion

· Sterile Processing: Foundations of Quality Management Systems digital badge

· 50 points toward CNOR/CSSM/CNAMB recertification requirements

· 10 CEs through HSPA and CBSPD


We're excited to introduce the newest Sterile Processing microcredential in partnership with the Competency & Credentialing Institute and Agiliti. The Sterile Processing: Foundations of Quality Management Systems microcredential emphasizes critical thinking and application skills for understanding the fundamentals of process components, their integrations within Sterile Processing workflows, and the theory and practice of historical influencers of quality management concepts.  Here is a brief description of the components.

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Part 1 – Assess and Analyze Assess your knowledge and learn through analysis.

· Knowledge Assessment

· Survival Under Siege: The True Story of Biofilm Success

· Analysis of Bioburden

· MRSA: A Personal Case Study

· Compromising Care

· Cross-Contamination End of Course Survey


Part 2 – Learning Activities Choose from multiple activities to complete your learning experience.

· Investigative News Review

· Pathogenic Microbial Discovery

· Patient Experience – Healthcare Associated Infection

· Minimizing Contamination using Personal Protective Equipment

· Microbiology Terms and Definitions


Upon successful completion of the two-part course, learners receive:

· Electronic certificate of completion

· CCI’s Sterile Processing: Cross-Contamination digital badge

· 50 points towards CNOR/CSSM/CNAMB recertification requirements

· 10 CEs through HSPA and CBSPD


We are excited to introduce the first-ever Sterile Processing microcredential in partnership with the Competency & Credentialing Institute.  The Sterile Processing: Cross-Contamination microcredential will verify, validate, and attest that specific skills and competencies have been achieved in medical device reprocessing decontamination practices.  Here is a brief description of the components.



Join Lisa McKown and Lindsay Brown from Beyond Clean and Dr. Jim Stobinski from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) as they discuss the future of Sterile Processing credentialing, the importance of establishing high standards for microcredentials in healthcare and the creation of this first-ever Sterile Processing microcredential.


What is the Competency & Credentialing Institute?

The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) has been the leader in perioperative certification for more than 40 years, certifying over 40,000 nurses internationally. An industry leader in nursing competency assessment, CCI is the credentialing body for the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM), Certified Perioperative CNS (CNS-CP), Certified Ambulatory Surgery Nurse (CNAMB), and Certified Foundational Perioperative Nurse (CFPN) credentials.

Why did Beyond Clean choose to partner with CCI for this industry-first microcredential? 

In partnership with CCI, we can reach a multidisciplinary audience to hardwire Sterile Processing excellence across the continuum of patient care. In combining our resources, we can set a high standard for Sterile Processing microcredentials. When CCI set out creating microcredentials, they went to the academic literature and established these key points: 1. healthcare microcredentials should be competency based and should assess both skills and knowledge. 2. recognized subject matter experts play a critical role in the creation process. 3. microcredentials should be meaningful and of high-quality. This program and all CCI microcredentials are built based on a segment of a role delineation study or job analysis.  

What is a microcredential? 

Microcredentials are digital representations of educational achievements. They verify, validate, and attest specific skills and competencies have been achieved. CCI microcredentials offer healthcare professionals personalized and practical learning to enhance their professional development competency.

Once I earn a microcredential, what can I do with it? 

A microcredential not only represents mastery of skill, but can also be a tool that shows colleagues, employers and potential employers how mastery was achieved. Since the microcredential awards a digital badge, they can easily be shared on social media, displayed on online resumes, posted to your Linkedin account or as part of your email signature. And YOU will be among the first of your fellow Sterile Processing professionals to be doing this.

What is the difference between a microcredential and a certification?

Certifications are credentials that individuals seek to prove their proficiency in certain specialties and can be accredited by organizations like NCCA and IBSC. A microcredential represents mastery of a specific skill or area of focus within that specialty.

How long will this coursework take to complete?

The Sterile Processing: Cross-Contamination microcredential will take each learner around 10 hours to complete.

Is this program similar to a college course?

Due to the nature of this course, including grading of assignments, submission of papers, etc. this course is a similar style to a college course.

What does this program cost?

The cost for each learner is $99.00 USD. 



Lisa McKown, DrPH Student, MBA, CRCST, CIS, CHL, MBTI Lisa McKown is the Manager of Research and Development for Beyond Clean. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Leadership and an MBA from Anderson University. Lisa is a doctoral student with a focus in public health through IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN. She also holds a certification as a Meyers Briggs Practitioner, specializing in interpersonal communication. Lisa contributes as an SME volunteer for standards development and other industry related projects that promote the Sterile Processing profession; including writing workshops focused on creating and revising questions for the IAHCSMM certification exams. As a healthcare professional that is driven to influence positive change for patient safety initiatives, Lisa is a catalyst for the advancement of infection prevention within Sterile Processing. Her passion is education and she is energized when she can utilize her experience to develop people. 

"Working for a higher purpose fuels my internal locus of control and energizes me to meet high demands. I chose a career in public health because I want to make a difference in people’s lives and be an active participant to promote best practice. I have several years of experience working as an Instrument Technician for surgery at a local hospital. Each day I interacted with doctors, and nurses and my role was vital to the care they provided.

Public health standards development and education take this service to the next level, being concerned with the systems and processes that directly impact patient saftey. I am an efficient, and effective healthcare professional who is committed to continuing leadership development. I enjoy being depended upon, and management is a natural function that I gravitate toward with a confident, yet compassionate approach. I believe that leadership in public health embodies the culmination of servitude, professionalism, expertise, and compassion; therefore, I see influential advocacy for infection prevention as an extension of who I am."

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