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Certified Registered Central Service Technician

Award Type: Cert of Completion

The Certified Registered Central Service Technicians (CRCST) are integral members of the healthcare team. They are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in various healthcare settings. Upon completion of the certificate, the student is eligible to take the Healthcare Sterile Processing  Association certification for registered central service technician. The job opportunities for CRCST include: Central Processing Technician (CPT), Central Service Technician (CST), Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician), Instrument Technician, Sterile Preparation Technician, Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician), Sterile Processing Technician, Sterile Technician, and Sterilization Technician in various healthcare settings.

The graduate of the Cert of Completion in Certified Registered Central Service Technician will:

  • Apply understanding of microbiology and infection control to central processing and decontamination procedures.
  • Apply a series of critical steps in sterilizing instrumentation and equipment.
  • Implement infection control practices and ensure infection prevention.
  • Provide access to instrumentation and equipment to healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments.

Program Requirements

Required Courses. A total of 90 - 500 hours.  

Course Number Course Title Units
CST 7200
CST 7201