Central Processing Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Central Processing I SGT109 Fall 2
Central Processing I Clinical SGT109A Fall 2
Medical Terminology NHP180-see note* 3
Central Processing II SGT110 Spring 2 SGT109 and SGT109A and ENG090 and MAT093 and RDG090 or placement
Central Processing II Clinical SGT110A Spring 2 SGT109 and SGT109A
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Central Processing Clinical SGT111 Spring 2 SGT109 and SGT109A
Communication Skills for Health Care AHE117 3
Total Credits 19

Additional Information

This is a selective program. View Selective Program Application and Instructions

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*Note: NHP180 course description is found under the Allied Health heading.

This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus as a part-time evening program.

Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Admission to the central processing program does not guarantee clinical placement. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. For further information, see the Department Chair.

Admission Requirements:

Students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate. 
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Complete the college placement tests in reading, math, and English (may be taken during the first semester in the program).

Program Overview

This evening program prepares working students to enter this expanding field as Registered Central Processing Technicians. The program 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, accounting, medical terminology, central processing functions, central processing skills and regulations.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Central Processing Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify as Central Processing Technicians who perform duties in one or more of the functional areas of materials management, supply, processing and distribution. Graduates qualify for positions in healthcare facilities and industry. Graduates qualify for advanced responsibilities within the profession, and job prospects are excellent.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Qualify for the Registered Central Processing Technician certifying exam. 
  • Support the operative team during surgical procedures. 
  • Prepare equipment and supplies for use throughout the hospital.
  • Assist in resource allocation and budget preparation for central processing.