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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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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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


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Anthony Knox

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety. All students shall be fluent in the English language, including verbal and written language.
  • Students must create an account with Castle Branch and complete the following:
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Current (within one year) 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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