The Hospital Central Service Technician Program prerequisites are determined by GateWay Community College. In addition to certain health care and medical terminology courses, you must have:
- High school diploma or GED
- Current Health Care Provider CPR card
No other prerequisites are required if you hold an Associate in 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 per year in the fall term.
Once you are enrolled in the Hospital Central Service Program at GateWay Community College, you are eligible to participate in the central service rotations 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 central service rotations.
Policies and responsibilities
The following Mayo School of Health Sciences' policies affect applications and admissions to its programs:
Mayo 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 the general standards described above, 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 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's director.