This course is designed to prepare students for entry-level opportunities within the central service and material management setting. Fundamentals of sterile processing are discussed in the context of today's diverse perioperative environment. Students learn basic technical concepts within the scope of the central service department. Topics include supply chain management, purchasing and inventory management concepts, recommended standards of practice for instrument and equipment processing, safety regulations, and the impact of effective customer service on quality patient care. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Healthcare Central Service Technology program.