Central Service Technician*

Health Care Career Training

Due prior to registration: Prerequisites: Candidates must obtain a reading score of 11 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma/HSED. A physical exam, results from a Basic 5 Panel urine drug screening and a PPD test must be completed within 3 months of the first day of class and this documentation must be provided before registration. Documentation of immunizations and Hepatitis B series documentation must also be provided prior to registration.

Due on first day of class: A criminal background check must be completed is the financial responsibility of the student and proof must be provided within 30 days of the first day of class. Students will be provided with more information and will initiate their background check at orientation/first day of class. Proof of adequate health insurance is required on the first day of class and must be maintained throughout the clinical/internship.

Note: *Students failing to provide a clear criminal background check and proof of insurance documentation will not be eligible for the clinical/internship portion of the program.

This comprehensive course in central service and sterile processing is designed to equip students for a career in central service, the operating room and infection control and materials management. Students will be prepared to succeed on the IAHCSMM examination to become Certified Registered Central Service Technicians (CRCST).

Certified registered central service technicians are vital to any health care operation. Common duties are to prepare, sterilize, install or clean laboratory or health care equipment. They will also perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Students completing all course requirements will be eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician Exam. American Heart Association BLS/CPR certification is also covered in this program. The cost of these exams and certification is included in the program fee.

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Content includes:

  • Introduction to Sterile Processing: Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Regulations and Standards, Infection Prevention and Control, Quality Assurance, Safety, Communication and Human Relations Skills
  • Disinfection: Surgical Instrumentation, Complex Surgical Instruments, Sterile Packaging and Storage, Point of Use Processing, High Temperature Sterilization, Low Temperature Sterilization
  • Inventory Management: Management of Patient Care Equipment, Tracking Systems, Sterile Processing for Ambulatory, Surgery and Other Practices
  • CPR/BLS for Health Care Professionals
  • Clinical

College Pathways: Upon successful completion and credential attainment, you may be eligible for up to 12 college credits toward an Atlantic Cape degree.

Central Service Technician-Online (Atlantic County)
HCST-500 (598 Hours Online, 400 Hours Clinical)
Fee: $3,399 (Tuition $3,004, Materials $395)

  • Section OW01-Online
    Optional Skills Labs: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon
    Clinical: Days and hours vary
    Beginning February 19, 2019 (Ending December 17, 2019)

Central Service Technician-Hybrid (Cape May County)
HCST-501 (598 Hours Online/Observation, 400 Hours Clinical)
Fee: $3,399 (Tuition $3,004, Materials $395)

  • Section 0W01-Cape Regional Medical Center
    Observation: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon, scheduled by instructor
    Clinical: Days and hours vary
    Beginning February 19, 2019 (Ending December 17, 2019)
  • Students will primarily attend lecture online with instructor oversight. Mandatory on-site observation will be schedule on Fridays by the instructor. Clinical internship will follow lecture and observation hours.

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