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Central Services Technician

What it is

This certificate program trains you to become a Central Services Technician, where you will play an important role in patient care by preventing infections. In this program, you will learn how to sterilize medical instruments, learn basic surgical instrumentation and medical terminology as well as decontamination and sterilization processes. Once you complete the program can take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution’s certification exam.


  • Minneapolis College’s Central Services Technician program prepares students to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution exam.
  • The program is the only one of its kind in the 5-state area.
  • You’ll learn from experienced faculty who offer individual attention.
  • A required internship in a hospital setting provides valuable hands-on experience .
  • You’ll be part of a dynamic, multicultural community in a vibrant, urban setting.
  • Minneapolis College’s strong network of medical affiliations opens doors and employment opportunities for graduates.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate decontamination and sterilization procedures during an internship experience.
  2. Explain the differences in sterilization processes.
  3. Choose and locate instruments to correctly assemble trays for a variety of medical procedures.
  4. Identify the correct decontamination procedures for instruments.
  5. Identify if an instrument is functioning properly and, if it is not, demonstrate ability to get it repaired.