Learn to work behind the scenes in healthcare settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and physicians' offices to ensure medical instruments and equipment are properly cleaned, processed, assembled, sterilized, stored and distributed. This course includes a lecture and interactive lab component in the classroom providing hands-on experience. Topics include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, instrumentation, safety standards, cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, preparation, infection control, sterilization process, packaging, wrapping, processing patient care equipment, sterile storage, distribution and inventory management, documentation and record management, ethics and standards. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Students must then complete 400 hours of work experience to apply for CRCST certification. Prerequisite: Currently registered for or successful completion of Foundations for Healthcare Careers (AHE-316).