This program prepares students for the entry-level position of central service technician with exposure to all facets of central service functioning. Training involves surgical instrumentation, principles of cleaning and processing equipment and instrumentation, methods of sterilization, packaging and storage, maintenance of equipment, case cart systems, inventory control and current trends in central service. Clinical experiences in area hospitals' central service departments are included.
Graduates are eligible for national certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
Utilize required techniques related to the sterilization process, while incorporating knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique.
Identify names and function of surgical instruments and equipment.
Utilize healthcare related computer applications.
Display behaviors appropriate for a professional health care environment.