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CST 121 - Central Service Technician Certif Exam Prep

Credits: 2
2 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Current employee in a central service or surgical service department.

This course prepares the current Central Service Technician and surgical service employee for the certification examination sponsored by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). The students expand on their current knowledge of the profession as they are updated to the expanding roles and underlying principles relating to their role as a Central Service Technician. There is a focus on the methods of test taking through discussion and practice tests. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Combine prefixes, word roots and suffixes to create medical terms related to surgery.
  2. Identify abbreviations for surgical procedures and the specialty to which they belong.
  3. Discuss the relationship of bacteria to the decontamination and sterilization process.
  4. Identify the disinfection or sterilization processes required for surgical instruments and patient care equipment as defined by the Spaulding classification system.
  5. Differentiate among government, state and local agencies as they relate to the Central Service Department.
  6. Differentiate between quality control and quality assurance.
  7. Give a specific example of continuous quality improvement (CQI) that applies to the employee’s department.
  8. Identify three quality control indicators that apply to the Central Service Department.
  9. Identify the six types of distribution systems utilized in the Central Service Department.
  10. Explain common barriers to effective communication.

 Listed Topics

  1. Anatomy, Physiology and Related Medical Terminology
  2. Equipment Management
  3. Purchasing and Distribution
  4. Communication
  5. Current trends in Central Service
  6. Certification Review
Reference Materials
Selected textbooks, electronic media and references will be used.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/10/2020

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