Central Service Technician
Credits Required for Graduation: 11.00
The central service department of a health care facility is the hub of all activity involving supplies and equipment for surgery, obstetrics and other patient care areas. The central service technician assumes an important role in providing patient care services and is especially involved in the prevention of infection. The central service technician cleans, sterilizes and assembles equipment, supplies and instruments according to prescribed procedures and techniques. They are also responsible for the records associated with orders, charges and inventory. The curriculum is comprised of central service technician skill courses, occupational support and general education courses. The graduate is awarded a technical diploma and is eligible to write the national certification exam offered by the National Institute for Certification of Health Care Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel. Central service is an emerging occupation and will expand as health care becomes more specialized. Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other health care facilities are finding it increasingly necessary to hire individuals who specialize in the maintenance, storage and handling of equipment, supplies and instruments.