Course

Quality Management in Sterile Services


Course code 3310

This online course introduces you to the concept and philosophy of quality management. There is a growing awareness of the need for quality systems in sterile services. The course examines the application of legislation and standards in a sterile service workplace and evaluates systems for continuing quality improvement in all aspects of the sterile supply cycle. You will also prepare for a quality audit.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
    2019 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Online only
    2019 :  
    Online only
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,419 + $60 annual administration fee
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,419 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Course Content

  • Definition of quality management
  • Quality management philosophy
  • Quality management systems
  • Standards and legislation applicable to sterile services
  • Record keeping
  • Quality audit

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Define quality management
  • Discuss the importance of systems for continuing quality improvement in sterile services
  • Discuss a philosophy of quality management in a service
  • Apply standards and legislation in a sterile service workplace
  • Ensure correct record-keeping in sterile services
  • Describe the requirements for auditing of sterilisation processes
  • Follow correct procedures to prepare for a quality audit
  • Apply appropriate strategies for continuous improvement in a sterile service.

Other requirements

Students must be employed in a health service organisation providing reprocessing of reusable medical devices.

Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of employment and sterilising technology understanding to support their application.