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Thank you for your interest in the Central Service Technology program at Skyline College. The program begins once a year beginning Spring semester.

All application materials must be returned between July 1 to October 15th to be considered for the Program.  Email notifications on acceptance will be sent by November 1.


There are no formal prerequisites for the Central Services Technology Program.  Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Communication in the health care environment is of extreme importance, so we recommend that applicants be eligible for English 846 or equivalent.

Application Process

Admission into the Central Service Technology program is by special application only. Twenty-five (25) applicants will be accepted and 15 others will be placed on a waiting list per year.

Admission to the Central Service Technology Program requires the following application requirements:

  1. Complete the Skyline College application, and make a note of your Skyline College ID (G#) when received via email.
  2. Collect one (1) reference letter. You may use the Standard Form  , or a letter that references the answers to the standard form questions. 
  3. Complete the Central Services Tech special application, available only online from July 1 - October 15th each year. You will be able to upload your reference letter within the online application. You may also email your reference letter to or mail it to CST Program, SMT Division, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066.
  4. Should more applications be received than there are available seats in the class, a randomized lottery process will be enacted.  As an applicant, you will be kept apprised of the need for a lottery or not.  
  5. Acceptance Notifications are emailed to each applicant by November 1st. 

Students admitted to the program are required to complete a satisfactory physical examination, immunization documentation verifying freedom of communicable disease, a social security referenced background check, and drug test in order to officially secure their seat. All courses must be taken in sequence. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Central Service Technology courses.

Clinical Affiliate Requirements

Clinical affiliates require the following. As such, they are required upon acceptance to the program. Do not send any of these documents until requested to do so.

  • Evidence of good health in form of Physical Exam report signed by a practicing physician
  • Verification of all immunizations pertinent to health care personnel -- TB, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox
  • Cleared social security referenced background check
  • Cleared drug screen

The physical demands of a Central Service Technician can be challenging. The following required abilities are necessary:

  1. Sit or stand up to eight (8) hours per day
  2. Capable of lifting and carrying 50 pounds (22 kg)
  3. Hear and communicate without visual cues
  4. Practice in a confined space under stressful conditions

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Alana Utsumi, Program Services Coordinator | (650) 738-4310
Alice Erskine, Surgical Careers Center Director | (650) 738-4470