The purpose of the Central Services Technology Program is to train entry level workers in proper sterilization of surgical instruments and handling of medical equipment. A CST technician works with medical supplies, equipment and/or processing of surgical instruments. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible for a Southwestern College Certificate of Achievement and to take the International Certification Exam (IAHCSMM).
The course covers introduction to central service; topics include microbiology, aseptic technique, disinfection, decontamination, sterilization, and wrapping/packaging of surgical instruments. Review of body systems and surgical instruments. Medical terminology, safety, risk management, regulations, inventory management, ethical responsibilities, and communication skills. Laboratory experience supports the introduction to the hospital Central Supply Unit and the role of the Central Supply Technician.
The program consists of three courses. Each course is nine-weeks in length (for a total of 27 weeks) and is limited to 20 students per course.
- ST 10A is generally offered two evenings a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) 6:00 – 9:50 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 – 11:50 a.m. for 8-weeks.
- ST 10B & ST 10C courses are two hundred hours in the laboratory (hospital) setting.
Enrollment is restricted to 20 students every Fall semester. To be considered for the CST Program, students are required to submit a complete application including proof of having all required immunizations. Applicants must bring their completed application to the Nursing Department (8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego CA. 92154, room 4401) or fax the application to 619-216-6603..
Fall 2015 application period: January 5, 2015 to May 7, 2015 by 3pm
All accepted students are expected to meet on the first day. Accepted students who fail to attend the class will have to re-apply for the next available cohort.
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