Central Service Technician

Central service technicians work in health care facilities to prepare and sterilize devices and supplies used to care for patients. This program offers the training and clinical experience to become a certified Central Service Technician. It can also be a first step towards a career in healthcare. Coursework includes an overview of microbiology, disinfection and sterilization procedures, surgical instrument identification and more. The program includes an internship at a local hospital.

Enrollment Point: Summer, Winter

Certificate of Completion: 
2 Quarters
30 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday


Does not reflect Winter 2021 remote learning. Hours vary according to program. For the most current information, see the Class Schedule.

Anthony Knox

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Central Service Technician Program, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:

  • English Fluency (verbal and written)
  • Proof of successful completion of Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three vaccines and/or immunity titer) prior to registration
    • Initial vaccine series requires minimum seven months to complete

Upon invitation and acceptance to the Central Service Technician Program, students must provide confirmation of an account established with CastleBranch.com and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes Against Persons list).

  • Castlebranch website
  • Package code: RR64
  • Cost: $99 (do not create an account prior to invitation and registration to the program)

Screening and Tracking Requirements

After invitation to the program, students must meet vaccination and program specific health requirements in compliance with the Center for Disease Control Healthcare Provider immunization guidelines, including the submission of original lab results, x-ray reports and immunization records, which must be dated and signed by their healthcare provider.

Immunization Timeline Table

*Vaccinations must be current while on externships

  • Annual Tuberculosis skin test
  • Annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine within last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three vaccines and immunity titer)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Varicella vaccine (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Annual background-check through CastleBranch.com
  • Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
  • Current (within one year) physical evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student's ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Central Service Technician:
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods

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Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
CST 100 Central Service Technician Fundamentals 8
CST 102 Healthcare Provider First Aid/CPR, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens 2
CST 104 Central Service Technician Basic Sciences 3
CST 105 Central Service Technician Skills Laboratory 3
CST 191 Central Service Clinical Practicum I 4
CST 192 Central Service Clinical Practicum II 10
  Total 30

Program Outcomes

  1. Maintain a safe and efficient work environment that complies with the current industry standards while utilizing knowledge in the role of Central Service Technician.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to abide by professional and ethical standards of the Central Service Department and assume responsibility for professional growth within the profession.
  3. Communicate effectively with external and internal customers of a diverse population on a professional level.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and reasoning skills to prioritize, anticipate and evaluate the needs of the department and customers of the Central Service Department.
  5. Perform the principles of infection control and personal protection in the decontamination, prep/assembly and sterilizing of surgical instrumentation and equipment for patient care.
  6. Qualify to take the national certification test for Central Service Technicians given by the International Association of HealthCare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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