Medical Central Service Technician

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Central Service Technicians provide support to all patient care services in the health care facility. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery. The Medical Central Service healthcare vocational certificate course at Prairie State College (PSC) provides students with the up-todate technology and knowledge of sterile processing.


Students are taught how to properly sterilize and store medical instruments and are prepared for all positions within the Central Sterile Processing Department. Central service technicians provide vital support in all patient care services and are responsible for knowing all of the tools used in an operating room, as well as sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.

Students are taught to decontaminate, assemble, inspect, and sterilize today’s most advanced medical equipment used in surgical procedures. They also will learn to keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients, and inventory.

Students will benefit from high quality training in all aspects of hospital central service, material management and instrument processing procedures.


With the ever-expanding technological advancements in medical supplies, instrumentation, medical devices and equipment, highly trained individuals are needed in the field of central service technology. The median annual earnings in this field range from $24,450 to $36,604.

Experiential learning opportunities may be available for students who successfully complete the Medical Central Service healthcare vocational certificate course. Students must also consent to a thorough background check and meet other requirements.

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