Central Service Technician - Certificate

Central Service Technician

(Certificate)

Central Service Technicians work to prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. They may perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment. This program prepares students to become Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) by IAHCSMM requirements. In order for students to qualify as a CRCST they must pass the certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands on experience. That hands on experience can be completed before testing or within 6 months of passing the exam. The hands on experience will include:

14 hours X 15 weeks = 210 hours for each practicum course. 410 hours for the program slightly exceeds the minimum of 400 hours required for full certification by IAHCSMM. All candidates for certification must complete and provide appropriate form by IAHCSMM by supervisor of 400 hours of hands on experience in a Central Service Department in the following areas:

  • General Cleaning – 32 hours
  • Wrapping/packaging – 36 hours
  • Assemble Instrument/Procedure Trays – 60 hours
  • Sterilization (Clean and Sterile) – 36 hours
  • Miscellaneous – 40 hours
  • Patient Care Equipment – 32 hours (Substitute hours to General Cleaning, Wrapping/Packaging and Sterilization)
  • Case Carts – 32 hours
  • Linen Folding – 36 hours (Substitute- divide hours equally between General Cleaning and Assemble Instrument Procedure Trays)
  • Distribution – 32 hours

Program Application/Admission Criteria:

  • Health Requirements
  • Health Insurance Verification
  • H.S. Transcript ; GED Score of 45 or Certification of Home School Completion
  • ENG 095 with a grade of “C” or better or direct placement into ENG 101
  • Students with the following ACT or SAT scores or higher will not be required to sit for the admission testing or developmental education courses as they are deemed college ready.
  • ACT - English 18, Reading 22
  • SAT - Writing 430, Reading 450
  • Student Online Orientation Course Completion/Computer literacy
  • Clinical training sites reserve the right to prohibit a student with a criminal background history from completion of their required training for certification based on the infraction.
  • Drug testing will be required for program acceptance and can be done randomly throughout entire length of clinical training.
  • Each student will be assigned by the Program Director to one hospital and/or surgical center to complete the clinical training component for certification.
  • The clinical site could be within a 100 Mile radius of the college.

Program Outcomes:

  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.
  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Record sterilizer test results.
  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.
  • Examine equipment to detect leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair.

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