Central Processing Technology

Program Announcement

Spring 2016 program applications are now available. Click Central Processing Program Application Packet below.

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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 once a year beginning in 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 Technology Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Central Processing Program Admission Requirements

The Central Processing Technology program is offered once a year. The program begins in January and ends in August.

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 program beginning in January.

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

Central Processing Program Application for Spring 2016 Entrance
We are now accepting application for Spring '16 program entry. Program applications and all admissions requirements must be completed by the end of September to apply for January program entry. See Admissions Requirements above for full admission procedure information.

Spring 2016 Central Processing Program Application (PDF)

Transcript Requirement for Central Processing 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.
 

Central Processing Program Advising

Central Processing Technical Certificate
The Central Processing program is 25 credit-hour technical certificate. Seeing your advisor early in your academic path will help you take the courses that you need to complete your course of study in a timely manner. Find Your Advisor Online
~ Advising Sheet for Central Processing Technical Certificate (PDF)
~ Fact Sheet for Central Processing Technical Certificate (PDF)

General Technology A.A.S. Degree for Central Processing Students
The Central Processing Technical Certificate is designed so that, with the addition of SURG 1006 - Basic Chemistry/Pharmacology and BIOL 1006 - First Aid and CPR, a student can apply all of the required courses toward a Nashville State Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in General Technology, Technical Concentration, for Surgical Technology students. Students planning to apply the certificate toward an AAS degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.
~ Advising Sheet for AAS Degree in General Technology for Surgical Technology Students (PDF)
 

Central Processing Program Accreditation and Credentialing

Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to sit for the national certifying exam offered by the International Association of Central Service Materials Management (IAHCSMM) or the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) and receive certification the Certified Registered Central Service Technician credential from IAHCSMM or the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician credential from CBSPD.

For more information on the field of Central Processing, please visit the IAHCSMM website (www.iahcsmm.org) or the CBSPD website (www.sterileprocessing.org).
 

Contact Information

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

Campus Directory

Advising

Technical Certificate Advising Sheet
Central Processing Program (PDF)

Technical Certificate Fact Sheet
Central Processing Program (PDF)

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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