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Central Service Technician

Technical Diploma

Credits Required for Graduation: 11.00

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Central Service Technician

The Central Service (CS) Technician program at Western takes just one semester to complete. Students will study Basic Microbiology and Metrics, Allied Health Communications, Medical Terminology, Quality Customer Service, and CS Fundamentals and CS Clinical Practices, which includes hands-on lab experience and on-site hospital experience in area central services departments. Clinical begins the third week of the semester. Students spend approximately eight hours per week in the central service department at local hospitals. After just 15 weeks, you are eligible to write the national certification exam, and are awarded a Technical diploma as a Central Service Technician.

This easy-to-complete program is ideal for those interested in the healthcare field, but not direct patient care. An extensive high school background is not necessary for entry into the program.

Watch the video below to see a tour of a hospital CS department with details about the job.

The CS program will be offered every August fall term.

Please contact Enrollment Services Advisors for further questions regarding time offerings and any curriculum changes 608.785.9553.

Program Head

Jillian Berndt, MS, CST

Summer Contact

Administrative Program Assistant

Web Related Links:

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution
Hospital Connect


Blackboard Course Websites

Professional Organizations

  • American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals
  • Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you need to be successful?

  • Be detail-oriented
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • Be willing to work both cooperatively and independently
  • Be mature

What is the Job Outlook for Central Service Technicians?

This career is in high-demand. Because of a rise in the number of surgeries performed, there is an increase in the number of instruments and supplies used for these procedures.

Central service technicians enjoy good pay with good benefits, a non-stressful work environment, and non-traditional work schedules. This career offers graduates the opportunity for advancement.

How can I obtain more information?

For more information, or to apply for admission, contact Western at 608.785.9553 or visit us online at www.westerntc.edu. You may also obtain an application for admission from the Student Services Office in Room 160 of the Welcome Center on the La Crosse campus.