Central Service Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 30-534-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Central Service Technician Diploma


Central service technicians are essential for maintaining the quality of medical products that are processed, packaged and sterilized at a hospital or clinic. These products range from hospital equipment to surgical instruments that are needed in operating rooms, emergency rooms and patient rooms. The program’s courses are offered in traditional and blended (online and in-classroom) formats.

Employment opportunities are available in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

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Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists work under direct supervision to facilitate safe, effective invasive surgical procedures. You will learn the application of sterile and aseptic technique to help ensure that the operating room environment is safe and equipment functions properly. Graduates are eligible to write the certification examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) CSTECH-302 Central Service Fundamentals 3
(1) CSTECH-303 Central Service Clinical Practice 2
(1) HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology 3
(1) HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 2

( ) Semester order for full-time students.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

This program is an open entry program - students can enroll in open entry programs when enrollment begins each semester.

  • No prerequisite courses
  • Fall start: Register for classes in April
  • Spring start: Register for classes in November
  • Summer start - Register for classes in April

Additional deadlines and important dates can be found on Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply principles of infection control in the role of the Central Service Technician
  • Decontaminate instruments and equipment
  • Prepare instruments, equipment and supplies
  • Apply sterilization techniques
  • Perform inventory control and distribution
  • Function as an ethical, legal, and professional member of the healthcare team

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities are available in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

Possible Careers

Central Service Technician
Distribution Technician
Sterile Processing Technician

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process.

The following also are required for admission to the program:

  • One year of high school-level biology
  • Criminal background check
  • Medical records required after acceptance


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Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/06/2021