This program is designed to prepare students for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam and an entry-level position of central service technician.


Central Service Technicians decontaminate, disinfect, package, sterilize and distribute surgical instruments, equipment and devices in hospitals and surgical centers. Our training program will provide you with classroom instruction and a 400-hour clinical externship. You will learn principles of cleaning and processing equipment, methods of sterilization and disinfection, packaging and storage, maintenance of equipment, inventory control, basic surgical instrument identification and more. You will be eligible for certification after completing 400 hours of clinical experience and passing the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association CRCST certification examination. The following are included in the course fee: Textbook and one attempt of the certification exam.


  • High school diploma or GED

Student is responsible for the following – Must be turned in to instructor FIRST week of class:

  •  Physical exam w/ Vaccine Records
  • PPD – Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • Health Insurance
  • Current Tetanus Shot
  • Flu Shot
  • Titers
  • Headshot for Hospital / Clinical ID
  • CPR, Basic Life Support with American Health Association (BLS)
  • COVID Vaccination
  • Purchase of background check, drug screening and compliance tracking

Some programs are grant-funded; if you meet the grant eligibility requirements, there is no cost to you.

Clinical Vaccination Requirement

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), within its mission to “transform lives by delivering innovative, high-quality and affordable educational experiences in an accessible and diverse environment,” seeks to provide a safe and effective educational experience for all students, faculty, and staff and all others who may come in close contact with RCBC students, faculty or staff.

As a result of the current state of the Coronavirus pandemic, several health and safety protocols have been either implemented by RCBC, imposed on RCBC by partners who offer experiential learning opportunities, or both.

One such health and safety protocol is the requirement that all Health Science students and faculty provide verification of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to participating in clinical experiences. The close nature of clinical experiences, as well as the often-vulnerable position of patients to illness, necessitates that students and faculty demonstrate this measure of protection.

As a result, all Heath Science program students and faculty must provide verification of vaccination against COVID-19 two weeks before participating in clinical experiences.

There are no alternative avenues for RCBC health science students to experience high quality, real world situations and gain the skills necessary for success if they are unable to participate in the live clinical environment. 

Therefore, students who have not provided proof that they have been fully vaccinated two weeks before their clinical experience will be de-registered from their program. Students with specific questions may address them with their program director.