The Central Services Technology Program prepares graduates for employment in hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and private industry. Central Service Technicians, also known as Sterile Processing Technicians, process and distribute sterile equipment and other supplies throughout the medical facility. The demand for trained central service workers is high. Graduates completing this program can undertake further training and education to advance to other health careers.


The Central Services Technician Training 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 Materials 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.

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You must be a high school graduate or equivalent to enter the program. You will also be asked to verify that you are free from communicable disease and should be able to lift 30 pounds. It is highly recommended that you be eligible for English 846 or its equivalent.

Prior to starting classes, 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. Typically, a student that has had a felony conviction in the last seven years would not be accepted for a hospital externship.

How to Get Started:

  • Complete a Skyline College Application
  • Admission to the Central Service Technology Program is by Special Application Only.  Deadline for submission is January 6, 2014.  Notifications are mailed by January 20th.
  • There are no academic prerequisites, however, success in this field requires effective communication skills.


Above the registration fees, there are costs for books, name tags, background check, drug screening, physical exam, and immunization screenings.

For more information

Please contact the Surgical Careers Center at 650-738-4470 or the SMT Division Office at 650-738-4221.

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