The Field

Central Service and Sterile Processing Technicians, process and distribute sterile equipment and other supplies throughout the medical facility.

In order to succeed as a Central Service Technician, students should be detail oriented, organized and possess strong communication skills in order to effectively work with medical facility patients and staff.

The Central Service Technology Program at Skyline College

The CST Program consists of three semesters including a classroom course, a skills lab course, and an externship providing hands-on experience in a hospital setting. The externship will be offered to those successfully completing the classroom and lab classes. The hospital externship and the lab skills class are designed to provide the number of clinical hours required by the International Association of Hospital Central Service Materiel Management to meet eligibility for taking the national certification exam. Graduates will receive an industry recognized Certificate of Completion from Skyline College, which qualifies the graduate to take the national exam.

Admission to the Central Service Technology Program is by Special Application only.  

Career Outlook

Central Services Technology offers an interesting work environment where medical facilities rely on well-trained personnel to ensure all medical equipment is ready for optimal patient care. According to the Mayo Clinic website, Central Service Technicians will only grow in demand while the  volume of surgeries increase. Average annual incomes for California in 2019 were $47,528.

Central Services Technicians can undertake further training and education to advance to other health careers.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.