Central Service Technician

Due before 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 health assessment/physical examination, Basic 5 Panel drug screening, Hepatitis B, T-dap, MMR, Varicella and TB test. The physical exam, drug screening and all proof of immunizations/vaccinations must be performed no sooner than 2 months prior to first date of class. Clinical sites may require any of these health prerequisites to be performed again prior to your internship.

Due on the first day of class: A criminal background check must be completed and will be the financial responsibility of the student. Students will be presented with more information and will initiate their background check at orientation/first day of class and payment may be made with a credit card at that time. Students may choose to mail in a money order, however, the background check will only begin once payment is received. The report must be received within 30 days of the first day of class. Students failing to provide a clear criminal background check may 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). Mandatory on-site observation will be scheduled on Fridays by the instructor. The clinical internship will follow the lecture and observation hours.

Certified registered central service technicians are vital to any health care operation. Typical 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.

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 moreover, 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 credential attainment, you may be eligible for up to 12 college credits toward an Atlantic Cape Health Science degree.

Notes: Clinical sites may require students to show proof of adequate health insurance prior to starting clinical internship. Clinical sites may require students to wear facemasks during flu season if the student does not show proof of receiving the flu vaccine.

Central Service Technician- Online (Atlantic County)
HCST-501 (998 hours: 405 classroom, 593 online)
Fee: $3,399 (Tuition $3,004, Materials $395)

  • Section 0W01 Optional Skills Labs: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon
    Beginning March 17 (ends January 12, 2021) (All students must attend 4-9 p.m. on April 14)
    Clinical: Days and hours vary

Central Service Technician: Hybrid (Cape May County)
HCST-501 (998 hours, 405 classroom, 593 online/observation)
Fee: $3,399 (Tuition $3,004, Materials $395)

  • Section 0W02-Cape Regional Medical Center
    Observation: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon, scheduled by the instructor
    Beginning March 17 (ends January 12, 2021) (All students must attend 4-9 p.m. on April 15)
    Clinical: Days and hours vary


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