The Hospital Central Service Technology Program is offered by GateWay Community College in Phoenix, whose curriculum follows that required by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management.

The program prepares students for careers as members of the hospital central service team under the direct supervision of experienced nurses. Instruction includes a basic introduction to the central service role, surgical supplies, basic and specialty surgical instruments, and packing and sterilization.

During the last phase of your certificate program, you can participate in three months of clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

During the last six weeks, you may be placed at a Mayo Clinic setting to gain supervised experience as you go through a planned hospital or clinic central service rotation.

The Central Services staff is responsible for decontamination, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing and distributing medical devices and supplies. This program fully prepares you for a career in health care services in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center.


General surgery

Specialty surgical teams provide care to patients requiring procedures involving the neck, breast, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas and spleen. In the general surgery area, gallbladder surgery, appendectomies and many bowel resections are performed using laparoscopic technology. Other laparoscopic procedures include inguinal hernia repair, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy and lymph node biopsy prior to liver resection.

Many specialty surgical instruments are handled on this rotation.

Outpatient surgery

The outpatient clinic rotation includes processing instruments for ophthalmic surgeries with low-risk patients who do not require general anesthesia or hospitalization. One such example is cataract surgery. You also process instruments and equipment used in the various specialties at the clinic.

Grading or evaluation

As you move through the Central Service Technician Clinical Rotation, you are evaluated in each main area by your preceptor and faculty from GateWay Community College. Performance is evaluated using a competency-based evaluation system and performance appraisals.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

March 10, 2015