Central Service Technician

Central service technicians work in sterile processing areas of operating rooms, materials management and infection control departments of hospitals. Their tasks may include:

  • Decontaminate, package, sterilize and distribute medical instruments and supplies.
  • Monitor inventory.
  • Assemble instrument and procedure trays.
  • Clean and maintain sterilizer systems.

What They Do

Central service technicians work in sterile processing areas of operating rooms, materials management and infection control departments of hospitals. Their tasks may include:

  • Decontaminate, package, sterilize and distribute medical instruments and supplies.
  • Monitor inventory.
  • Assemble instrument and procedure trays.
  • Clean and maintain sterilizer systems.

Classroom: 22 weeks, part-time — two afternoons 1:30-4:00 pm (January class) OR two mornings 8:00-10:30 am (July class) per week.

Clinicals: A total of 400 hours of clinical experience in the Sterile Processing Department is required to be completed within six months of graduation.

Duration of Training

Classroom: 22 weeks, part-time — two afternoons 1:30-4:00 pm (January class) OR two mornings 8:00-10:30 am (July class) per week.

Clinicals: A total of 400 hours of clinical experience in the Sterile Processing Department is required to be completed within six months of graduation.

April — (July class)

September — (January class)

Central Service Technician Application

Application Deadline

April — (July class)

September — (January class)

Central Service Technician Application

January and July of each year. 
Download the information booklet for specific dates.

Program Start Date

January and July of each year. 
Download the information booklet for specific dates.

  • Official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript (HSE)
  • Documentation that you are a United States citizen or possess a permanent resident visa in the USA
  • Applicants without prior central service experience may be required to have a personal interview

Prerequisites

  • Official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript (HSE)
  • Documentation that you are a United States citizen or possess a permanent resident visa in the USA
  • Applicants without prior central service experience may be required to have a personal interview
  • $730 - External non-Indiana University Health (IUH) employees with no work experience in sterile processing.
  • $430 - External non IUH employees with 6 months or more work experience in sterile processing. 
  • $330 - Internal IUH employees with their departmental job description requires certification the cost will be absorbed by the department.

*Cost includes, application fee, service fee and tuition. (Books are extra) 

Cost

  • $730 - External non-Indiana University Health (IUH) employees with no work experience in sterile processing.
  • $430 - External non IUH employees with 6 months or more work experience in sterile processing. 
  • $330 - Internal IUH employees with their departmental job description requires certification the cost will be absorbed by the department.

*Cost includes, application fee, service fee and tuition. (Books are extra) 

Certificate - Graduates receive a Completion Course of Study Certificate from IU Health. Graduates are eligible to take the CRCST certification exam through the International Association of Healthcare Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for a fee of $125.

Certificate or Degree

Certificate - Graduates receive a Completion Course of Study Certificate from IU Health. Graduates are eligible to take the CRCST certification exam through the International Association of Healthcare Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for a fee of $125.

Basic medical terminology, all aspects of infection control and sterilization, packaging, storage, inventory control, equipment maintenance and communication skills.

Physical Requirements

To train or work in this position, you must be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Lift and carry up to 25 pounds frequently (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Some instrument trays weigh more than 30 pounds.
  • Stand for most of an eight-hour shift.
  • Reach repeatedly throughout a typical work shift.
  • Use your hands to grasp and manipulate instruments (i.e., assemble instrument trays, load an autoclave).
  • Communicate effectively in English to coworkers and supervisors.
  • Be alert and attentive to details.

View a YouTube video that gives a good overview of what the job of a Sterile Processing Technician involves.

Summary, Course of Study

Basic medical terminology, all aspects of infection control and sterilization, packaging, storage, inventory control, equipment maintenance and communication skills.

Physical Requirements

To train or work in this position, you must be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Lift and carry up to 25 pounds frequently (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Some instrument trays weigh more than 30 pounds.
  • Stand for most of an eight-hour shift.
  • Reach repeatedly throughout a typical work shift.
  • Use your hands to grasp and manipulate instruments (i.e., assemble instrument trays, load an autoclave).
  • Communicate effectively in English to coworkers and supervisors.
  • Be alert and attentive to details.

View a YouTube video that gives a good overview of what the job of a Sterile Processing Technician involves.

Request an application packet using the following contact information:

IU Health Methodist Hospital
I-65 at 21st Street
Health Sciences Education
ATTN: Diana Carlton
Wile Hall, Room 629
P.O. Box 1367
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1367
Phone: 317.962.5470

Application/Contact Information

Request an application packet using the following contact information:

IU Health Methodist Hospital
I-65 at 21st Street
Health Sciences Education
ATTN: Diana Carlton
Wile Hall, Room 629
P.O. Box 1367
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1367
Phone: 317.962.5470

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