Central Service Technician – Online*

Health Care Career Training

Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, physical exam including drug screening, and documentation of immunizations, PPD test and Hepatitis B series must be provided at the time of registration. Candidates must obtain a reading score of 11 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Proof of adequate health insurance is required on the first day of class. Students failing to provide 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 you 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.

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

NOTE: A criminal background report containing negative information may prevent placement for the clinical portion of this program. Upon successful completion and credential attainment, you may be eligible for up to 12 college credits toward an Atlantic Cape degree.

HCST-500 (598 Hours Online, 400 Hours Clinical)
Fee: $3,395 (Tuition $3,000, Materials $395)

  • Section OW01-Online
    Optional Skills Labs: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon
    Worthington Atlantic City Campus
    Clinical: Days and hours vary; Instructor will schedule
    Beginning Feb. 20, 2018 (Ending Dec. 21, 2018)

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