UC Blue Ash College

Central Service Technician


Why study Central Service Technician?

This 3-credit hour course micro-credential meets the requirements for students to be eligible to take the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA, formerly International Association Healthcare Central Sterile Material Management (IAHCSMM)) central service technician certification exam.  This is appropriate for those who are seeking employment in areas such as ambulatory surgical centers or inpatient hospital settings.  

The HSPA defines the role of a CST as: Preparing surgical instruments and devices. That means cleaning, inspecting, testing, sterilizing, storing and delivering devices needed for surgery in a healthcare facility. 

Admission Requirements

A valid CPR-Provider card is required. Students will be able to register for one or more micro-credentials without academic pre-requisite.  It is recommended, but not required, that the students take an Anatomy & Physiology and a Medical Terminology course. 

Please note micro-credentials are not eligible for any form of financal aid assistance. 

Students will be required to pass Central Service Technician course and be in the process of completing 400 clinical hours.  

The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) offers testing for those who have met eligibility requirements. A student who completes the micro-credential course requirements and passes the HSPA certification exam will be immediately eligible for employment. It also allows for a pathway to an associate degree in the Healthcare Support Technician program, which then further allows students to be eligible for a bachelor's degree in the BTAS - Healthcare Leadership program.  Direct course credit will be applied to the HCST program.

Students for responsible for paying the examination fee. 


Accessibility Resources

UC Blue Ash College is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities.  Accessibility Resources is the official campus office that works with students who have impairments which may influence their performance in this course (learning, ADD, psychological, visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, medical condition, etc.). If you have a documented disability requiring reasonable accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources. Muntz Hall, room 112L, Telephone: (513) 792-8625, and/or schedule an appointment via email: ucbadso@ucmail.uc.edu.


Counseling Services

UC Blue Ash College Counseling Services provides high quality integrated health, counseling, and wellness services.  Counseling services are free of charge to students matriculated as UC Blue Ash College students. UC Blue Ash Counseling Services addresses a variety of student needs such as: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, loss and grief issues, adjusting to life’s challenges, relationship problems, eating disorders, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and domestic violence.  An initial meeting with a counselor can be arranged by calling (513) 745-5670 or stopping by Room 140 Muntz Hall during business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.  If after hours or for an immediate emergency, please call CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services - Clifton campus) using the 24 Hour Phone Consultation Line at 513-556-0648.  Clifton students may call UHS at 513-556-2564 or CAPS at 513-556-0648. For urgent physician consultation after-hours students may call 513-584-7777.

Application Deadlines

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in HCST1011C to graduate from the micro-credential. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

UC Blue Ash Academic Support
9555 Plainfield Rd
Muntz Hall
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 558-9461

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Program Code: 28MC-HCST-MC