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Central Service Instrument Technician (CSIT)

Become a vital part of the operating room team.

Did you know that today there are more people than ever who require health care services?  This means that there are more career opportunities in the health care industry than ever before.

Central Service Instrument Technicians (who may also be called central service technicians, sterile processing technicians, sterile preparation technicians or surgical equipment technicians) provide vital support in patient care services and processing, sterilizing and dispensing medical equipment, devices and instruments in hospitals and surgical centers. They are responsible for knowing all of the tools used in an operating room, as well as sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.

Employment of Central Service Instrument Technicians is expected to grow as a result of the increasing number of surgical procedures expected to be performed on our growing and aging population. Technological advances, such as fiber optics, laser technology, robotics and interventional radiology, also will introduce new surgical procedures and equipment.

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Job Growth Outlook:

Employment of Medical Equipment Preparers (which includes Central Service Instrument Technicians) is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to demand for Central Service Instrument Technicians, including an increase in the number of surgical procedures performed in medical facilities, advances in medical technology, an increase in the number of individuals who have access to health insurance, and the aging Baby Boomer generation.

Central Service Instrument Technicians

Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24

Medical Equipment Preparers
Health technologists and technicians
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Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)

Central Service Instrument Technician (CSIT) Overview

Central Service Instrument Technicians, sometimes also called central service technicians or sterile processing technicians, are responsible for ensuring that instruments used by all medical personnel in a hospital or other health care facility are clean and sterile and ready for use.

As a Central Service Instrument Technician, you will provide vital support in all patient care services and be responsible for knowing all of the tools used in an operating room, as well as sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery. You will also decontaminate, clean, process, assemble, store and distribute medical devices and supplies, and keep records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients and inventory.

Central Service Instrument Technicians routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

  • Inspecting and cleaning tools and surgical equipment prior to sterilization.
  • Sterilizing equipment and making sure there are adequate supplies for surgery.
  • Placing cleaned instruments in sterilizers such as autoclaves.
  • Ordering, storing and distributing medical devices, supplies and instruments.
  • Maintaining records associated with sterilization monitors, orders, charges to patients and inventory.
  • Reporting potential equipment defects and equipment problems to staff.
  • Ensuring that sterile supplies are within their expiration date.

The Central Service Instrument Technician program at Glendale Career College is a career-focused program that teaches technical skills and provides the hands-on training required to begin working in hospitals, surgery centers, medical facilities and private practices where surgeries are performed.

*Glendale Career College cannot guarantee employment.

The Central Service Instrument Technician (CSIT) program is available at the following campuses:

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