• Hospital Central Service Program at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona

Hospital Central Service

Hospital Central Service technology involves providing service support for patient care in a hospital setting. This occupation provides an entry-level opportunity to begin a career in healthcare.

A Central Service Technician's responsibilities include:

  • Providing vital patient care services support in a healthcare facility
  • Knowing all of the tools used in an operating room
  • Sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery
  • Decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing and distributing medical devices and supplies used in patient care

Manual dexterity is an essential skill needed by technicians. Tasks must be performed quickly and proficiently, especially when handling instruments.

Technicians use written and verbal communication skills to interact with nurses, surgical technologists and the surgical support team in order to provide the best possible patient care.

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Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.


Healthcare Program Advisor

Phone: (602) 286-8183
Building: Center for Health Careers Education

Program Director, Hospital Central Services, Program Director, PeriOperative Nursing, Program Director, Surgical Technologists

Phone: (602) 286-8515
Fax: (602) 286-8480
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH2101

Faculty, Hospital Central Services, Faculty, PeriOperative Nursing, Faculty, Surgical Technologists

Phone: (602) 286-8516
Fax: (602) 286-8480
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH2105