Central Service Technician

Central Service Technician

Technical Diploma

We assume that all healthcare equipment and instruments are free from contaminants, but in reality thousands of patients are infected with disease each year because medical equipment was not properly processed. Skilled central service technicians are vital to patient safety and assume an important role in patient care by preventing exposure to infectious disease.

A Closer Look

Central service technicians are trained in the principles, methods, and documentation associated with sterilization processes. They clean, process, package, and distribute sterile goods, instruments, trays, and other equipment. They are also responsible for storage and inventory control.

Central service technicians provide support essential to patient care services in healthcare facilities.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s hands-on Central Service Technician program prepares students to work with supplies and equipment related to surgery, obstetrics, emergency departments, and other patient care settings. Effective communication is vital within this multi-service area.

The curriculum includes online instruction, lab, and clinical experience. The clinical portion of the course places students at a minimum of two sites. Students learn the principles of standard precautions, asepsis, disinfection, and sterilization procedures. Course completion leads to a technical diploma and eligibility for certification exams.


  • Central Processing Technician
  • Central Service Aide
  • Central Service Assistant
  • Central Service Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Materials Management
  • Processing and Distribution Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Central Service Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Kelly is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Viterbo College and over 25 years of teaching experience at Mid-State. She is also a certified nurse operating room (CNOR) and has worked in both circulating and scrub roles. Kelly serves on the board of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses chapter.

“I love seeing the transition of our future healthcare workers as they grow in knowledge and skills in the operating room and gain leadership skills to become confident individuals.”


Megan has been an instructor for thirteen years. She holds a master’s degree in bacterial genetics and pathogenicity from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Mid-State, Megan worked and published with research labs at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

“Teaching allows me to share my love of science with my students every day. I love seeing their faces when they realize they can accomplish their goals.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00
10501109 Medical Law, Ethics, and Professionalism 2.00
10501123 Student Success in Allied Health 1.00
10509102 Human Body in Health and Disease 3.00
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
30534301 Central Service 5.00
31806311 Applied Microbiology 2.00
10806197 Microbiology 4.00
(19-22 Credits)
Total Credits: 19-22