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CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNICIAN

Central Service Technician Program Details

Are you looking for a career in healthcare and anxious to start working right away? The Central Service Technician program allows you to earn a technical diploma in less than one year!

Central service is the hub of all activities involving supplies and equipment for surgery, obstetric, emergency departments, and other patient care areas. Students learn the principles of standard precautions, asepsis, disinfection, and sterilization procedures.

As a Central Service Technician, you will:

  • 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.

This program will include classroom instruction and a clinical experience in a local hospital.

Just the Facts

Central Service Technician
14 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
Less Than One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
January

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $2,853

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How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

Get more detailed program information.


Email us at therightchoice@cvtc.edu for more help!


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75%
Get a Job

75% of our Central Service Technician graduates get a job in the industry.

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Less Than
1 Year
Earn a Diploma Fast

Earn a Central Service Technician technical diploma in less than one year.

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80%
Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.

Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Central Service Technician program. For more detailed course info, click here.

  • Fundamentals of Central Service Technician
    Introduces packaging; cleaning techniques; care, handling, identification, and usage of instruments, equipment and supplies; basic aseptic techniques; and patient-centered practices in the lab setting.
  • Central Service Technician Clinical
    Learners are given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the clinical setting at a local hospital. Time will be spent in the central service department as well as the operating room.
  • Basic Microbiology
    This two-credit course covers the structure and function of the microbial cell, pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms, infectious processes, and the immune response.

Careers

  • Central Service Technician

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 10% growth is projected in central service technician positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

Central service technician jobs can be found in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, veterinary clinics, dental clinics, and nursing homes. Patient interaction is minimal within this healthcare specialty.

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