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
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.
At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.
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.
To be admitted to the Central Service Technician Program, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:
- English Fluency (verbal and written)
- Show full compliance in CastleBranch.
- Proof of successful completion of Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three vaccines and/or immunity titer) prior to registration
- Initial vaccine series requires a minimum of 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 receiving an 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. Students must also show that they have uploaded all CastleBranch requirements, with the exception of CPR, which will be completed during class.
*Vaccinations must be current while on externships
- Annual Tuberculosis skin test. (Must not expire during clinical.) TB tests must show as current through the entire clinical experience at the time of onboarding. Renewal may be required before one year.
- Annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine within last 10 years (Must not expire during clinicals.)
- 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
- Although the COVID vaccination is not currently a program admission requirement, our clinical partners may require a student to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID. Clinical placements may be unavailable for students who are not fully immunized
- 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
UPDATE: All healthcare students who have clinical rotations, externships and internships must follow the vaccination requirements of the healthcare institution where they will be working-i.e., must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption prior to their clinical rotation, externship or internship experience. Read the latest COVID-19 Allied Health Policy.
|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|
- Maintain a safe and efficient work environment that complies with the current industry standards while utilizing knowledge in the role of Central Service Technician.
- Demonstrate the ability to abide by professional and ethical standards of the Central Service Department and assume responsibility for professional growth within the profession.
- Communicate effectively with external and internal customers of a diverse population on a professional level.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and reasoning skills to prioritize, anticipate and evaluate the needs of the department and customers of the Central Service Department.
- Perform the principles of infection control and personal protection in the decontamination, prep/assembly and sterilizing of surgical instrumentation and equipment for patient care.
- 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.