Through classroom teaching, lab observation and practice, and clinical experience, this full-time, 11-month certificate program prepares students to work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel to deliver patient care in the operating room. The program prepares students to handle the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure; to understand the procedures being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon; to have the necessary knowledge and ability to provide quality patient care during the operative procedure and to maintain sterile technique. Students spend two days per week in area hospitals during the spring semester and attend the clinical internships 40 hours per week during June and July.
This evening program prepares working students to enter this expanding field as Certified Central Processing Technicians. The program also prepares students to assume leadership roles within the profession, through a blend of clinical skills and business concepts. The program prepares students in computer competency, communication skills, medical terminology, central processing functions, central processing skills and regulations.