Hospital Central Service Technology

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Hospital Central Service Technology program focuses on the types and names of instrumentation and equipment, decontamination of instrumentation, processing of instruments, a firm foundation in the process of sterilization of instrumentation, storage, quality assurance, instrument tracking systems and methods of delivery. Students will have hands-on skill labs to learn techniques used for building instrument trays, wrapping surgical supplies and familiarizing themselves with care and handling of instrumentation, operating sterilization machines, customer service, and communication techniques. Clinical experience is arranged to give the student working experience in all of the practical areas of this department and delivery to hospital floors, intensive care units, the emergency room, specialty clinics, labs and operating rooms.

Hospital central service students with the Certificate of Completion (CCL) are eligible to complete the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification of International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) that prepares them for employment in a hospital, clinics, veterinary hospitals, out-patient hospital settings, endoscopy, manufacturing companies of surgical supplies or bone and tissue banks. In addition, students who complete the program are eligible to apply to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Surgical Technology.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Hospital Central Service Technology (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate skills required of a Hospital Central Service Department with supply, distribution, sterile processing and decontamination in a simulation lab setting.
  2. Apply Hospital Central Service knowledge and skills equivalent to entry-level workforce practice.
  3. Apply sterilization techniques and demonstrate tray assembly in lab setting which mimics a medical facility.
  4. Demonstrate professional communication in lab and hospital setting.
  5. Demonstrate professional growth and responsibility to others in the healthcare setting.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Formal application and admission to the program.
2. Background Check Requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD background check policy.
3. Clinical Health and Safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD clinical health and safety policy.
4. Inability to comply with Background Check requirements and/or Clinical Health and Safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
HCC130 or
(HCC130AA and
HCC130AB and
HCC130AC and
HCC130AD and
HCC130AE and
Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery or (Health Care Today and Workplace Behaviors in Health Care and Personal Wellness and Safety and Communication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations and Legal Issues in Health Care and Decision Making in the Health Care Setting) Critical course May be waived by GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator (602-286-8509) based on relevant industry experience or equivalent course education. 0–3
HCC/RES109 CPR for Health Care Provider Critical course Or proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR Certification. 0–0.5
HCC145 or
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals Critical course May be waived by GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator (602-286-8509) based on relevant industry experience or equivalent course education. 0–3
HCS/SGT100 Fundamentals of Surgical Services Critical course Gateway course 5
HCS/SGT101 Medical Terminology for Surgical Services Critical course 1
HCS/SGT102 Basic Surgical Instrumentation for Surgical Services Critical course 2
RDG100AB Successful College Reading - Notetaking and Studying for Success Course may be waived by Program Director if student has completed a bachelor's degree or higher. 0–1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
HCS/SGT152 Advanced Surgical Instruments for Surgical Services Critical course 2
HCS154 Hospital Central Service Practicum Critical course 7
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Hospital Central Service Technology (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.