The Hospital Central Service Technology Program prerequisites are determined by GateWay Community College. In addition to certain health care and medical terminology courses, you must have your:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Current health care provider CPR card

No other prerequisites are required if you hold an Associate of Applied Science degree or higher degree in a health science discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Admission is based on academic performance and other criteria. Students are accepted once each year in the fall term.

Once you are enrolled in the Hospital Central Service Technology Program at GateWay, you are eligible to participate in the Central Service Technician Clinical Rotation at Mayo Clinic by making arrangements through your college program director. You must successfully complete the required program course work before you are eligible to complete the clinical rotation.

Immunization record

For the protection of patients, students and employees, and in compliance with state regulations, Mayo Clinic requires students to be properly vaccinated. You must show proof of the following vaccinations before you begin a program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences:

  • Tuberculin test in the past six months
  • Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity
  • Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declination
  • Influenza vaccination or signed declination

Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences education coordinator before starting your rotation.

Medical insurance

Students must have medical insurance coverage during their program. Evidence of medical coverage must be provided before starting your rotation.

Background check and drug screen

Prospective students must pass a criminal background check and drug screening required by state laws prior to enrollment in Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Student responsibilities

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, examinations and assigned clinical rotations unless the absence is approved.

Technical standards

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue. Applicants to programs must possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy for others
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a variety of settings

In addition to those general standards, central service technicians must:

  • Have good manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly
  • Be able to make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment
  • Be conscientious, orderly and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating room environment
  • Be quick to respond and know procedures well to have instruments ready for surgeons
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the field
  • Wear protective masks, gloves and goggles
  • Be able to work long periods while standing
  • Work well under pressure
  • Be self-directed and responsible

Hours and other working conditions of central service technicians vary, according to the size and type of employment setting. In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel usually work the day, evening or night shift, and may work weekends and holidays.

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

March 10, 2015