Central Services Technician

Central Service Technician Program 
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Central Service Technicians are highly in demand in our area health care facilities.

central services technician class at suny ccc starts march 2021

The Central Service Technician (Sterile Processing Technician) is responsible for decontaminating, sterilizing, assembling, storing and distributing medical devices and equipment needed for patient care, especially during surgery.  

This program focuses on requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management. Successful completion of the course allows students to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician certification exam and earns a certificate of completion from SUNY Corning.

Students will learn to:

  1. Clean, decontaminate, disinfect, and sterilize equipment based on industry standard using steam and sterrad sterilizers. 
  2. Properly prepare and package both contaminated and sterilized surgical sets into individualized packages. 
  3. Use proper procedures and the sterilizer functions. 
  4. Proper handling techniques and inventory management in sterile storage along with proper documentation and recording-keeping. 
  5. Properly handle and disinfect Patient Care Equipment. 
  6. Demonstrate the importance of customer relations with patients and hospital staff.

A Virtual Reality component of the course makes for an even more in-depth experience to practice what you learn!

The IAHCSMM Certified Registered Central Service Technician Certification is composed of the exam and successfully completing 400 hours of onsite, hands-on experience. SUNY Corning will coordinate a clinical site but students are responsible for completing the 400 hours and getting appropriate signatures. 

Certification is required to be a CST in New York State.



(60 Course Hours)

Academic and Workforce Development Center**
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, New York

Cost: $1,470  Includes 1 exam voucher and textbook. A $200 value!


Instructor: Robert Henderson II

robert henderson will teach the central services technician class at suny cccThe CST course will be taught by Robert Henderson II. Henderson has worked as a CST at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, for the past seven years and as a Floor Technician two years prior.

Before he began his career at Guthrie, Henderson was a Petty Officer 3rd class, Logistics Specialist, US Navy, stationed in San Diego, for five years. A graduate of Towanda (PA) High School, Henderson is a recent SUNY Corning graduate and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Alfred University.




Businesses in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben interested in seeking funding to send promising leaders from their organizations to this training should contact CSS Workforce NY at 607-937-8337.

Looking for funding options? Click here to view non-credit funding options!

SUNY Corning Community College is committed to ensuring equal access to students with disabilities. If you believe that you will need accommodations while taking this course, please contact Accessibility Services by phone 607-962-9262 or email Accessibility@corning-cc.edu to begin the process of requesting accommodations. We strive to coordinate accommodations in a timely manner, but some accommodations may not be available when you need them if you do not give timely notice.