Central Service Technician

Central Service Technician

Degree Type

6-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

Less than 1 year

Start Date


How You'll Learn



Central service technicians provide patient care services in the healthcare facility by maintaining the equipment and supplies used in hospital and clinical settings. Learn the principles, procedures and skills needed to process, package, sterilize and distribute tools and equipment used in surgery and other patient care areas.

Please note: Health programs require multiple vaccinations, including flu shots. Deadlines vary by program.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any computer or tablet
  • Viewpoint Screening: $90
  • Immunizations: up to $850

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at enroll@wctc.edu.

Central service technicians work independently and as part of a team. If you have an interest in the medical field, are an active listener, detail-oriented team player with a penchant for organization, this may be a career to explore.

  • Central Service Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Processing Technician
  • Supply Processing Technician
  • Medical Equipment Preparer

The students enrolled in the Central Service Technician program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Central Service Technician program are representative of those found in the Central Service Technician profession.

Review the Central Service Technician Technical Standards.

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$30,100 – $46,700 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

This program does not qualify for financial aid.

Questions? Contact your program advisor.

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Life Office.

Review the background check overview.

What Makes This Program Unique?


We offer courses for both day (fall) and evening (spring) completion options in this short-term, one-semester program.


After completing 400 hours of on-the-job experience, graduates are able to take the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) certification exam.


Current employees in the field can complete this program and then take the IAHCSMM certification exam.

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