Professional Course A.Y. 2022/2023




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.

Starting date: registration is always open

Activities: 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.

Purpose: 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.

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.

Duration: the course lasts for 4 months.

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 *
  • After a minimum of 90 days from registration, it will be possible to access the practical part that will take place, also online, at the end of which the student must pass the test / questionnaire relating to the practical part *
  • After a minimum of 30 days from the access to the practical part, the student will be able to access the final assessment, administered for the purpose of obtaining the Sterilization Operator eligibility.

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


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 academic body:

  • UniCamillus – IST: Prof. Ugo Covani
  • IST President: Prof. Ugo Covani
  • Course director: Marco Bucci
  • Didactic / scientific coordinator: Antonio Della Valle
  • Faculty:
    • Antonio Della Valle
    • Maurizio Municinò
    • Luigi Barbato
    • Luigi Traettino


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


The application must be submitted via the GOMP student portal following instructions given in the GUIDE.

In order to complete your application, you will need to provide the following documents, which will be attached to the portal during the procedure:

  • curriculum vitae et studiorum in European format, dated and signed, in PDF format;
  • PDF format of a valid identity document;
  • PDF format of the degree certificate;
  • JPG or PNG format of a personal photo;
  • any additional qualifications you wish to submit for assessment for admission;
  • declaration that you have read the information regarding the processing of personal data pursuant to articles 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the “protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data” (hereinafter also “GDPR”) provided by UniCamillus.
  • photocopy of the tax code or health card (for Italian citizens and foreigners in possession of one);
  • for candidates in possession of qualifications equivalent/equivalent to those required: declaration in lieu of certification, pursuant to art. 46 point m of D.P.R. 28/12/2000, no. 445, certifying the achievement of the qualifications in question, in accordance with current legislation.
  • Payment of first instalment.

For candidates with qualifications equivalent/equivalent to those required:
– Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco issued by the Italian Consular Authority of the country of study (accompanied by transcript of records + copy of the final diploma) or CIMEA Certificate of Comparability accompanied by CIMEA Certificate of Verification (by accessing the CIMEA platform) or Diploma Supplement (if it is a European qualification) issued by the University of origin and legalised at the Italian Embassy of the country of study. Students who submit incomplete documentation will be admitted with reservation and cannot complete their enrolment until all the required documentation has been submitted.

Conditional enrolment will not be accepted due to incomplete documentation or incorrect entry of data on the application form.
Following admission, candidates will have to follow the enrolment procedure following the indications provided in the appropriate guide, which will be sent by email together with the notification of admission to the Master’s course.



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Tuition is equal to €480.00 + €16.00 of secretarial fees to be paid in 2 installments to the following IBAN IT17 T056 9603 2000 0001 3317 X38:

  • First installment: €480.00 + €16.00 for registration fees
  • Second installment: €480.00 before accessing the practical part

*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.

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