Central Services Technician
Central Service Technician Program
SUNY Corning Community College and
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Central Service Technicians are highly in demand in our area health care facilities.
The Central Service Technician (Sterile Processing Technician) is responsible for decontaminating, sterilizing, assembling, storing and distributing medical devices and equipment needed for patient care, especially during surgery.
This program focuses on requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management. Successful completion of the course allows students to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician certification exam and earns a certificate of completion from SUNY Corning.
Students will learn to:
- Clean, decontaminate, disinfect, and sterilize equipment based on industry standard using steam and sterrad sterilizers.
- Properly prepare and package both contaminated and sterilized surgical sets into individualized packages.
- Use proper procedures and the sterilizer functions.
- Proper handling techniques and inventory management in sterile storage along with proper documentation and recording-keeping.
- Properly handle and disinfect Patient Care Equipment.
- Demonstrate the importance of customer relations with patients and hospital staff.
A Virtual Reality component of the course makes for an even more in-depth experience to practice what you learn!
The IAHCSMM Certified Registered Central Service Technician Certification is composed of the exam and successfully completing 400 hours of onsite, hands-on experience. SUNY Corning will coordinate a clinical site but students are responsible for completing the 400 hours and getting appropriate signatures.
Certification is required to be a CST in New York State.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
August 15 - December 7, 2022
Academic and Workforce Development Center**
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, New York
Cost: $1,300 Includes 1 exam voucher and textbook. A $200 value!
**IMPORTANT** SUNY COVID VACCINATION POLICY states that you must be fully vaccinated to take classes in-person at any of our SUNY Corning campuses. You will be asked to submit proof at the time of registration.
Instructor: Robert Henderson II
The CST course will be taught by Robert Henderson II. Henderson has worked as a CST at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, for the past seven years and as a Floor Technician two years prior.
Before he began his career at Guthrie, Henderson was a Petty Officer 3rd class, Logistics Specialist, US Navy, stationed in San Diego, for five years. A graduate of Towanda (PA) High School, Henderson is a recent SUNY Corning graduate and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Alfred University.