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Central Service Technician

Central Service Technician

  • Technical Diploma - Less Than One Year
  • Program Code: 30-534-1
  • Not eligible for Financial Aid

The Central Service Technician Program could be for you if you are

  • interested in a career in the healthcare field.
  • seeking a short-term educational program.
  • able to work as part of a team.
  • well-organized, with an eye for detail.
  • able to work accurately.
  • have a high degree of manual dexterity.

As a Central Service Technician, you would

  • maintain an uninterrupted supply of instrumentation and supplies used in patient care.
  • support patient care services and be especially involved in the prevention of infection.
  • clean, sterilize and process patient products, including surgical instruments, power equipment, robotic instruments, fiber optic scopes, cameras, and other specialty instrumentation.
  • maintain records associated with supply orders, charges, and inventory.

Your program will include central service technician skill courses, clinical assignments, and general education courses. Graduates receive a technical diploma and are eligible to write the certification exam offered by the International Association of Central Service Materials Management organization. After successfully completing your exam, you will be awarded the title of Certified Registered Central Service Technician. With an additional 200 hours working with instrumentation, you will be eligible to write the Instrument Specialist exam. Upon successful completion of this exam you will earn the title of Certified Instrument Specialist through IAHCSMM.

Central Service is an emerging occupation and will expand as health care becomes more specialized. This could be the program you need for a rewarding career!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 14
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.