Central Processing Technology

Program Announcement

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 Central Processing Technology Program. See below for admission requirements, selection criteria and application.

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The 25-hour Central Processing Technology Technical Certificate program educates and prepares students for employment in a variety of surgical settings. Learning experiences are facilitated by qualified faculty and/or preceptors and are designed to help the student learn to independently apply sound theory to practice. The program includes extensive classroom time as well as practical experience preparing central processing technicians for all major job duties in the central processing and distribution department.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Recognize elements of good patient care and prioritize them before less important elements in the central processing and distribution department;
  • Behave professionally in a stressful environment with demanding personalities while remaining calm and focused; and
  • Accurately plan for and perform duties of a central processing technician in the central processing and distribution department.

Prospective students can read the Central Processing Technology program admission links below, which include information about admission requirements, selection criteria, and program of study. The program is offered beginning once per year in the spring (January).

If you have questions regarding transferable college credits, prerequisites, or general education courses, please see the Records Office online, contact the Records office: 615-353-3218, or e-mail records@nscc.edu.

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Central Processing Program Admission Requirements

The Central Processing Technology program is presently offered two times a year. One begins in the fall (August) and is completed the following May (lasting approximately nine months). The other begins in the spring (January) and is completed the following fall (December).

Admission to Central Processing Technology requires program application, interview, instructor permission, completed health and program documentation, and background check. Applicants must be 18 years of age at time of program acceptance.

NOTE: Prospective students will be required to provide a copy of a background check and drug screening. NSCC does not use the background check or drug screening as criteria for admission to the program. Background checks and drug screenings are required by clinical sites as a condition of participation. Students are required to participate in a variety of clinical experiences to successfully complete the program. For questions regarding the background check, please call 615-353-3708.

DEADLINES: The admission procedure outlined below must be completed no later than the end of September to apply for the spring program (beginning in January) or by the end of June for the fall program (beginning in August).

The application process for the Central Processing Technology program is as follows:

  1. Submit an Application for Admission to the Admissions department and turn in everything required to be admitted as a student at NSCC. Please be sure you provide everything Admissions needs from you or you will not be eligible for an interview for the Central Processing Technology program.
  2. Submit a program application (found in the Application Packet link below) and a complete set of transcripts (high school and college) to the department secretary in office D-27 or fax it to 615-353-3608 before the appropriate deadline (stated at the top of the application).
  3. You must have completed any required college-prep courses (as determined by placement test scores) before an interview will be granted. These courses include: MATH 0810, READ 0810, ENGL 0810 and any ESOL classes.
  4. The application process MUST be completed no later than the above stated deadlines. Incomplete applications may not be eligible for selection. Applications without attached transcripts will NOT be considered for selection.

Enrollment in classes with class numbers beginning in ‘CSPT’ requires interview and instructor’s approval.

* Re-interview requires that the admission procedure be repeated by the deadline for the next class.
 

Central Processing Program Selection Criteria

Acceptance into the program will be based on:

  • Previous grade point average.
  • Interview score.
  • Successful completion of courses counting toward Central Processing program (see Curriculum link below) with a C (75) or higher.
  • Previous work in the medical field.
  • Tennessee residency is not a requirement for the program.
     

Central Processing Program Application Packet

 
Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2015 Entrance
The application deadline will be posted here next April.
Fall 2015 Central Processing Program Application (PDF)

Transcript Requirement for Central Processing Technology Program Application

Provide an unofficial copy of all transcripts. This should include the following:

  • NSCC Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Previous College Transcripts (all colleges attended)
  • High School (If you have less than 30 college credit hours) or GED

Note: This is a separate copy from what you sent to NSCC for admission to the college. Please do not contact Admissions or Records to make copies of previous college transcripts. It is the applicant's responsibility to request and provide copies when submitting their program application.
 

Central Processing Program Curriculum

Courses Required for the Central Processing Technology Technical Certificate

BIOL 1000 - Medical Terminology *
BIOL 1004 - Basic Anatomy/Physiology *
SURG 1005 - Microbiology for Surgical Tech *
CSPT 1001 - Intro to Central Processing
CSPT 1002 - Central Processing Laboratory
CSPT 1010 - Central Processing Capstone
CSPT 1011 - Central Processing Practicum I
CSPT 1012 - Clinical Practicum II

* These courses count toward the Surgical Technology AND Central Processing Technology certificates and may be taken prior to acceptance into either Program. TAKING THESE COURSES DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE INTO THESE PROGRAMS.

Enrollment in classes with class numbers beginning in 'CSPT' requires interview and instructor's approval.

Course Descriptions

CSPT 1001- Intro to Central Processing Technology
4 Credits, 3 Class Hours, 3 Lab Hours
An introduction to principles, techniques and issues in the surgical and central service environment. Topics include patient care concepts, equipment and instrumentation, job responsibilities, sterile technique, professional management, and self-management. CSPT 1001 concepts are reinforced by exercises in CSPT 1002.

CSPT 1002 - Central Processing Skills Laboratory
1 Credit, 3 Lab Hours
A study of Sterile Technique and basic techniques necessary to function as a central processing technician in the surgical central service envi-ronment. Topics include principles of sterile technique, cleaning, assembly, and testing of equipment, wrapping and packaging techniques, inspecting and folding of linens, assembling instrument/procedure trays, operating sterilization equipment, storage of clean and sterile supplies, preparing case carts, pulling for cases, distributing supplies, and inventory control. CSPT 1001 provides rational and concepts to support exercises in this course.

CSPT 1010 - Central Processing Capstone
3 Credits, 3 Class Hours
An overview of the surgical and central service environment, clinical management and documentation skills, and CRCST certification exam preparation. CSPT 1010 concepts are reinforced by experiences in CSPT 1011 and CSPT 1012.

CSPT 1011 - Central Processing Practicum I
5 Credits, 5 Lab Hours, Practical: 25 hours per week
Course consists of one five-week supervised clinical rotation during which students will complete comprehensive orientation to clinical practica, practice the skills necessary to perform the duties of a central processing technician, develop professional behaviors while in the surgical and central service environment, and learn to adequately document their experiences in their Practica. CSPT 1010 provides rationale and concepts to support experiences in this course.

CSPT 1012 - Central Processing Practicum II
4 Credits, 4 Lab Hours, Practical: 25 hours per week
Course consists of one five-week supervised clinical rotation during which students will complete orientation to a second clinical site, practice the skills necessary to perform the duties of a central processing technician, develop professional behaviors while in the surgical and central service environment, and adequately document their experiences in their Practica. CSPT 1010 provides rationale and concepts to support experiences in this course.
 

Contact Information

Email: van.bates@nscc.edu
Program Office: 615-353-3708
D Building, Suite D-27
Fax: 615-353-3608

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