central service technician

technical diploma

why choose central service technician?

  • skilled central service technicians are vital to patient safety and assume an important role in patient care by preventing exposure to infectious disease.
  • use your strong attention to detail to ensure the quality of medical supplies used in patient care.
we assume that all healthcare equipment and instruments are free from contaminants, but in reality thousands of patients are infected with disease each year because medical equipment was not properly processed. skilled central service technicians are vital to patient safety and assume an important role in patient care by preventing exposure to infectious disease.

program locations

marshfield campus
2600 west 5th street
marshfield, wi 54449

what you'll learn

mid-state’s hands-on central service technician program prepares students to work with supplies and equipment related to surgery, obstetrics, emergency departments, and other patient care settings. effective communication is vital within this multi-service area.

the curriculum includes online instruction, lab, and clinical experience. the clinical portion of the course places students at a minimum of two sites. students learn the principles of standard precautions, asepsis, disinfection, and sterilization procedures. course completion leads to a technical diploma and eligibility for certification exams.

estimated entire program cost

cost based on the 2020/2021 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,587.41
  • books: $1,040.10
  • supplies, uniforms, and/or exams: $250.00
  • total estimated cost: $3,877.51

financial aid eligibility

this program is eligible for prorated financial aid based on length of program and/or number of credits. aid may not be enough to cover all program costs.

term: 1
catalog# title credits
10501101 medical terminology 3.00
10501107 digital literacy for healthcare 2.00
  • microbiology 4.00
31806311 applied microbiology 2.00
-or- 10806197 microbiology 4.00
10501109 medical law, ethics, and professionalism 2.00
30534301 central service 5.00
  • General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
31509302 Human Body in Health & Disease 3.00
-or- 10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
(17-20 credits)
(17-20 credits)


kelly altmann, bsn, rn

kelly is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from viterbo college and over 25 years of teaching experience at mid-state. she is also a certified nurse operating room (cnor) and has worked in both circulating and scrub roles. kelly serves on the board of the association of perioperative registered nurses chapter.

“i love seeing the transition of our future healthcare workers as they grow in knowledge and skills in the operating room and gain leadership skills to become confident individuals.”



  • central processing technician
  • central service assistant
  • central service technician
  • instrument specialist
  • materials management
  • processing and distribution technician


“the central service technician program at mid-state taught me the importance of sterility in the medical environment. it gave me the opportunity to physically perform the duties in and out of the operating room.”

steve wysocki

choose your path

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central service technician Pathway