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Central Processing Technology
What is a Central Processing Technician (CPT)?
Central Service is the “Hub” of the medical care environment involving supplies and equipment needed for surgery and other patient care areas. The CPT provides key services to all departments, other healthcare professionals and patients in areas of materials management and with sterilizing and packaging surgical instruments. CPT’s assume an important role in patient care by preventing infections and the spread of disease. The lab will include campus and hospital-based practice settings. Through this practicum experience, you will become familiar with the central services of a hospital. The focus of this course is to provide you with comprehensive skills to perform competently and safely. You will have hands-on practice sessions to develop the skills and techniques required in performing various activities in the central services areas. The CPT is often held responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and safety of operating rooms, tables, and equipment. CPT’s also ensure that sufficient supplies of surgical needles, scalpels, and other surgical accessories are present in the operating room. CPT’s may work in a number of different medical settings, including general hospitals, public health clinics, private doctors' offices, and specialized surgical centers.
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) has produced a video titled "Central Sterile Supply Department: It All Starts Here".
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What is MassBay’s Central Processing Technology Certificate Program?
This program meets one evening per week and begins at beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, & Summer). The Fall & Spring classes occur over 15-weeks, the Summer semester is 10-weeks. The program consists of instruction in the basic sciences, medical terminology, instrumentation, sterilization, decontamination, disinfection, materials management and infection control. The clinical practice throughout the program is 200-hours and will be coordinated by the instructor at the college, and take place in various hospitals and ambulatory surgical settings throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area. Students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit to a criminal background check before beginning their clinical experiences. New students are accepted into the program on a rolling admission basis.
What Makes Central Processing Technology a good career choice?
- Short-term Training: MassBay’s program is only one semester long, including both lecture and lab/clinical practice.
- Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 10% from 2008-2018.
- Good Pay: Typical entry-level wage is approximately $14/hr. Median wage is approximately $18/hr (50% of CPT’s earn less than this number, 50% earn more).
- Room for Advancement: A CPT can move up to become a CPT II, then CPT III, and can advance to become a Supervisor or Manager.
- Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance, 401(k) retirement savings plan, and some employers offer tuition reimbursement.
This course is based on the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) training requirements and will prepare students to sit for the certification exam.
If you have any questions, please attend an upcoming health program information session. Check out our Info Session schedule and sign up today under "All Other Health Science Programs”. Or, contact Admissions at 508-279-4059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.