The CBC Healthcare Central Service Technology program prepares students for an entry-level career in sterile processing and materiel management. Commonly referred to as sterile processing technicians, central service technicians perform decontamination and sterilization procedures required to ensure proper reprocessing of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic equipment, surgical instrumentation, and medical supplies. Additional duties include assembly and inspection of surgical instruments, maintenance and delivery of patient equipment, inventory control and supply ordering, and preoperative case preparation.
Central service technicians are typically employed in hospital central service, sterile processing, and materiel management departments but may also be stationed in outpatient surgery centers and other medical device- related facilities. Many central service technicians will work a 40-hour week but may also need to be available during weekends, evenings, holidays, or on-call.
CBC’s Healthcare Central Service Technology program is a two-quarter program beginning in spring quarter. The Healthcare Central Service Technology program is a selective admission program. You must apply to the College and also to the program. Applicants are screened according to timely coursework completion and grades completed through winter quarter. During the course of the program, enrolled students will gain extensive hands-on training and acquire 400 hours of applied technical experience in clinical settings. Upon successful completion of all certificate and program requirements, students will obtain a Healthcare Central Service Technology Short-Term Certificate.
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