Online Course





Start date:
Flexible (it suits the needs of the student)
Registration deadline:
Always open


60 CFU


The Sterilization Operator (O.ST.) is a new professional figure able to carry out, in a specialized, qualified, responsible and up-to-date way, his activity in the sterilization chain both within public and private medical and dental centers and outsourcing private and public structures. The Sterilization Operator will be defined and considered as a technician specialized in the processes of decontamination, disinfection, sterilization and quality control of the processes and products deriving from these activities.


The Sterilization Operator – following the certificate of qualification obtained at the end of a specific professional training – will be able to fully carry out his activity within the sterilization chain. His activities are linked to a role of dependence on needs that the sterilization health activities manager establishes, directs and coordinates:

• within public and private offices / clinics / medical and dental centers;

• in outsourcing public and private structures;

• in collaboration with other professional operators in charge of this role, according to the criterion of multi-professional work.


The course will be delivered in e-learning mode on a platform whose access is 24/7. The learning path is supported by online educational materials that are divided into different modules. The theoretical part will make use of pre-recorded lessons (E-learning) whereas, for the practical part, there are activities aimed at reinforcing and stabilizing the notions transmitted during the lesson. The activities aim at applying theoretical notions to concrete reality by solving problems and finding effective solutions otherwise known as problem solving, role playing, brainstorming.

Duration: the course lasts for 4 months.


The course aim is to illustrate techniques and technologies from a theoretical point of view also including a careful evaluation of the relationship between costs and benefits as well as becoming familiar with both the techniques and the tools during practical exercises.

Theoretical Part

Module 1: The fundamental elements of the sterilization operator

1.1 Rationale of the professional figure: the sterilization operator

1.2 Definition of the activities of the sterilization operator

1.3 The sterilization

1.4 Bases of microbiology, virology and sporology

Module 2: The sterilization chain

2.1 The critical issues in the context of health systems

2.2 The current sterilization chain

2.3 History of sterilization

2.4 Safety in sterilization processes

Module 3: Safety in sterilization processes

3.1 Personal protective equipment

3.2 Security methods

3.3 Safety routes

3.4 Correct use of personal protective equipment

Module 4: Data in the sterilization chain

4.1 Privacy in the sterilization industry

4.2 Provisions regarding data protection and security

4.3 Access to computer data: computer management

4.4 Checking the efficiency of IT tools

Module 5: Technologies of sterilization processes

5.1 Technologies in sterilization processes

5.2 Management of decontaminating chemical solutions

5.3 Management of sterilization technologies

5.4 Maintenance of sterilizing machines

Module 6: The management of medical-surgical reusable static instruments

6.1 The static surgical instruments

6.2 Knowledge of the materials constituent of surgical instrumentation
6.3 Management of the static instrumentation under the organizational profile

6.4 Maintenance of the static surgical instrumentation

Module 7: Management of dynamic reusable medical-surgical instruments

7.1 The surgical-dynamic equipment

7.2 Elements and principles of use and function

7.3 Management and organization of the surgical-dynamic equipment

7.4 Maintenance the surgical-dynamic equipment

Module 8: Elements of knowledge of English in the sterilization chain

8.1 Elements of knowledge of the English language

8.2 Management of sterilizing machines under the linguistic profile

8.3 Scenarios in English relating to the sterilization industry

8.4 Relational dynamics in the English language

Module 9: Sterilization operators and safety regulations

9.1 Vaccinal prophylaxis of sterilization operators

9.2 Medical check of sterilization operators

9.3 I.N.A.I.L. safety elements of sterilization operators

9.4 The traceability and re-traceability system

Module 10: The technological process of sterilization: broad introduction

10.1 Methods and materials for the packaging of medical devices

10.2 The quality in sterilization: process and result indicators

10.3 Procedures, protocols, and operating instructions

10.4 Non-conformities and corrective actions

Module 11: The process of sterilization: current legislations

11.1 Washing, disinfection and sterilization

11.2 Legislation 93/42 / EEC: UNI CEI EN ISO 13485: 2016 standard

11.3 Procedures and methods for sterilization of medical devices

11.4 Sterilization with saturated steam

Module 12: Quality in the sterilization chain: methods and results

12.1 Sterilization by chemical means

12.2 Chemical indicators of sterilization

12.3 Biological indicators

12.4 The quality of sterilization processes

Practical Part

Module 1: Forms and traceability of sterilization processes

1.1 Drafting models for acceptance of the instrumentation

1.2 Parametrization of the instrumentation condition

1.3 Model for starting sterilization processes

1.4 Drafting of the quality control model

Module 2: Activity paths in the sterilization center

2.1 Structural elements of the sterilization unit

2.2 Safety paths in the sterilization center

2.3 Recognition of working parameters

2.4 Sequence of the processes of personal protection

Module 3: The activity control criteria in the sterilization center

3.1 Drafting of the phases of the sterilization cycle

3.2 Identification and responses to alerts

3.3 Management of alert

3.4 Drafting of corrective models in sterilization phases


The course is open to:

• those who have an upper secondary school qualification (high school diploma)

• those who have obtained a professional qualification in the health sector


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Tuition is equal to €480.00 + €16.00 of secretarial fees to be paid in a one installment.

*The payment of the registration fees is not subject to the application of VAT pursuant to Art. 4 DPR 633/72, as it is part of the University’s institutional training offer.
Upon payment, a note attesting the payment will be issued.

Required fulfilments

To obtain the certificate, students must:

• Follow the pre-recorded video lessons;
• Study the didactic material provided by UniCamillus;
• Pass the three questionnaires / tests relating to the theoretical part *

* the questionnaires / tests are considered passed by providing at least 75% of the correct answers for each questionnaire

Type of Certification

Those who have completed the planned training course and passed all the exams will obtain, at the end of the course, the certificate of STERILIZATION OPERATOR.

Language: Italian

UniCamillus – IST: Prof. Ugo Covani
IST President: Prof. Ugo Covani
Course director: Marco Bucci