Central Sterile Technician

Central Sterile Processing Technicians are essential team members of the operating room and healthcare team. They are responsible for the cleanliness, decontamination, inspecting and assembly of surgical instruments, packaging and sterilization of all surgical instruments, as well as high levels of verbal and written communication with the OR staff. Central sterile technicians have a strong understanding of decontamination and infection control to ensure their work protects patients and healthcare members from infections and diseases. 

You will take classes to prepare you for:

  • Cleaning, disinfection, assembly and sterilization of surgical instrumentation for operating rooms, emergency departments and various clinical areas within healthcare facilities.

  • Work as a vital team member of the Central Sterile Processing and Operating Room departments

  • Consistently maintain sterile instrumentation to be readily available for the operating rooms, clinics and healthcare teams

  • Find employment in various settings, including hospital operating rooms, surgery centers, plastic surgery centers, eye surgery centers, and laboratories.

  • Take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). This program is based on the IAHCSMM certification, CRCST.

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Tina Gillis


  • Central Sterile Technician
  • Program Hours: 900 hours
  • Campus Location: Lehi Main

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Program Certificate in Central Sterile Technician
  2. Students are prepared to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Exam
  3. Healthcare Provider BLS and First Aid Certificate

Program Snapshot

  Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school seniors only.

Registration Availability: Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens April 20, 2021 at 8:00 am online on the MTECH Registration Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance

  Program Length: 900 Hours or approximately 6.5 months.

  Times: Afternoons & Evenings. See schedule details below.

  Locations: MTECH Lehi Main Campus Rm 226

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is eligible for Financial Aid and Veterans Assistance.   +Learn More


 Prerequisites: Students are required to take the MTECH Entrance Assessment and score a passing rate of: Math: 2: English: B or provide alternative documentation to prove competency. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.  

 New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to first day of class.  To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.


Session Location Room Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Days
Fall 2021 Lehi 221 8/17/21 2/24/2022 11:30 am 3:30 pm M–TH
Fall 2021 Lehi 221 8/17/21 2/24/2022 5:30 pm 9:30 pm M–TH
Spring 2022 Lehi 221 3/7/2022 9/8/2022 11:30 am 3:30 pm M–TH
Spring 2022 Lehi 221 3/7/2022 9/8/2022 5:30 pm 9:30 pm M–TH


Note: This is a Hybrid Program. Students will complete 4 hours of online classwork each week.

Tuition and Fees

Item Cost Notes
Registration Fee $40.00  
Facilities Fee $50.00  
Program Fees $515.00  
Tuition $1,890.00  
total: $2,495.00  All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.

Materials and Supplies

Item Cost Notes
Central Service Technician Manual & Workbook, 8th edition $115.00 ISBN 978-1-4951-8905-0
Scrubs $48.00 Available in MTECH Bookstore; cost is for two sets
CRCST Exam $125.00 Optional, but highly recommended
total: $288.00  

All materials and supplies are available at MTECH Bookstore unless noted.

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