Why Central Service?
The Central Service Technician certificate program is suited for individuals who are detail-oriented and have a knack for organization. Central service technicians provide vital support to all patient care services in health care facilities. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery. This one-semester program exposes students to all facets of central service functioning and equips them for entry-level employment in clinics and hospitals. Clinical experiences in area hospital central service departments are included, providing students with valuable hands-on experience. For information regarding application to the Central Service Technician program, please see Application Requirements.
Graduates are eligible for national certification through the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association's certification exam, which upon passing, makes them eligible to work in any state. Most of the graduates secure employment at their clinical sites.
Middle States Accreditation
CCAC's Central Service Technician program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Last Reaffirmation: 2018
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025–2026
Central Service Technician, Certificate (438.2)
This program prepares students for the entry-level position of central service technician with exposure to all facets of central service functioning. Training involves surgical instrumentation, principles of cleaning and processing equipment and instrumentation, methods of sterilization, packaging and storage, maintenance of equipment, case cart systems, inventory control and current trends in central service. Clinical experiences in area hospitals' central service departments are included.
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I liked the fact that the program provides a lot of hands-on experience. I also had an excellent teacher who took the time to explain everything and answer all of our questions. The knowledge that I gained in class plus the on-the-job training helped me become certified. I now have a great job, working with great people.
The Central Service Technician certificate program at the CCAC Boyce Campus is a limited enrollment program. Application to the college and to the Central Service Technician certificate program are separate processes.
Students interested in admission to the limited enrollment Central Service Technician certificate program must meet the following criteria:
- Application to CCAC
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
- Completed developmental coursework as indicated by placement test results. Students
must be eligible for DVS103 and ENG101L.
- Students who have enrolled in the same developmental course more than three times will not be considered for acceptance in the Central Service Technician program.
- Completed Allied Health application
- An unofficial copy of college transcripts is acceptable for the Allied Health application and should be sent with the application. Official college transcripts from other than CCAC should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to be evaluated for course transfer credits, if applicable.
- Ability to meet essential function requirements of the Allied Health programs included in the Health Career programs