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The purpose of the Central Services Technology Program is to train entry level workers in proper sterilization of surgical instruments and handling of medical equipment. A CST technician works with medical supplies, equipment and/or processing of surgical instruments. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible for a Southwestern College Certificate of Achievement and to take the International Certification Exam (IAHCSMM).


The course covers introduction to central service; topics include microbiology, aseptic technique, disinfection, decontamination, sterilization, and wrapping/packaging of surgical instruments. Review of body systems and surgical instruments. Medical terminology, safety, risk management, regulations, inventory management, ethical responsibilities, and communication skills. Laboratory experience supports the introduction to the hospital Central Supply Unit and the role of the Central Supply Technician.
The program consists of three courses. Each course is nine-weeks in length (for a total of 27 weeks) and is limited to 20 students per course.
  • ST 10A is generally offered two evenings a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) 6:00 – 9:50 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 – 11:50 a.m. for 8-weeks.

  • ST 10B & ST 10C courses are two hundred hours laboratory, all hours to be arranged with the instructor. 

Enrollment is restricted to students who have applied through the nursing department IN PERSON (8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego CA. 92154, room 4401). All students need turn in a complete application including all immunizations.

The program accepts 20 students per cohort each FALL semester.

All accepted students are expected to meet on the first day for roll call. Accepted students who fail to meet the class will have to re-apply for the next available course.


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*Students who are not accepted into the fall cohort will be placed on a waiting list based on date of application and rolled over to the following year and kept for a maximum of 2 years. Due to amount of applications the Nursing Department is no longer accommodating postponements: if you are offered a space and you declined you must reapply.
Last updated: 12/20/2013 1:29:05 PM