Frequently Asked Questions
What is Instrument Processing?
While the exact job title may vary depending on the hospital and/or state, Instrument Processing is the sterilization and preparation of surgical instruments in a hospital's Instrument Processing Department (or as otherwise known Sterile Processing and Central Services).
Is this an accredited program?
Do you accept financial aid, employee reimbursements, or grants?
For now, we do not have to be accredited to instruct our current program. Our instructors are all CRCST, CIS, CHL, and CST certified, as well as being extremely experienced -- with each having at least 18 years background in Instrument Processing and Surgical Technology. We are currently working on accreditation so we can offer more programs in the healthcare field. While we are willing to accept all of the above, this program will not meet the requirements to receive financial assistance from most employers or agencies because we are not yet an accredited institution.
How long is the Instrument Processing course and the externship?
Our course is 17 weeks. The sessions are 6 hours per week. We take make-up days into consideration when scheduling, therefore, our course can last for up to 18/19 weeks if required to ensure all information is covered.
The externship is 10 weeks. The externship is 40 hours per week, 5 days a week - Monday through Friday, with various 8-hour shifts available.
*No weekends or holidays.
How much does the Instrument Processing course cost?
The course fees can vary depending on the selected options. For example, the full course with study materials and extern placement is $2,800. This includes textbook, workbook, tutoring sessions, access to in-class study materials, online study materials, background check, drug screening, CPR Certification/Renewal, and guaranteed extern placement. The $2,800 payment is broken down into an affordable payment plan.
How much do I have to put down to register for the Instrument Processing course?
Does my deposit guarantee me a seat in the course?
A non-refundable registration deposit of $500 is due to enroll you in the course. At the registration meeting, upon your payment of $500, you will receive your course textbook and workbook, along with a welcome package and study materials. The $500 deposit does guarantee you a seat, is NOT refundable, and WILL be applied to your overall course fee.
In order to guarantee your seat and to receive your supplies, the $500 deposit must be paid at registration.
What is the payment arrangement?
After your $500 deposit, your next payment of $500 will be due on the 1st of the month following your start date. The payment arrangement is broken down into three monthly payments of $500, due on the 1st of the months for the three consecutive months of your course session. Your final payment of $800 will be due at the time of extern placement.
*Late fees will be applied, according to the payment agreement.
*All payments, including registration deposits, are NOT refundable upon signing the Payment Agreement.
What happens if I do not pass the course?
Will I have to pay all over?
An overall passing grade is required on our 2-part final exam, which includes both a didactic and instrumentation exam. If a student does not pass either exam, they are allowed an opportunity to retake either or both exams. However, if the student does not pass the make-up, or if the instructor and extern coordinator feel the student requires more improvement, the student will not be placed for extern until they make arrangements for the refresher or instrumentation course. You will NOT have to pay the full course fee again. Your registration fee is waived and you will be required to pay monthly payments of $250 for the course PLUS the required fee for extern placement.
What happens if I am removed from my extern site?
If you are released from extern before completing your required 400 hours, you will have to contact the extern coordinator directly. It is their decision and discretion how to move forward. You may have to pay an additional fee for replacement.
Does your program provide job placement?
What is likelihood that I will be hired?
Though we cannot *legally* guarantee job placement, we will provide the skills, resources, and connections to obtain an employment opportunity.
We assist our participants with their professionalism and career development. We provide resume review/updating and interview preparation.
Overall, your performance, attendance, and dedication will play a major part in successfully completing this program and obtaining a career.
As of right now, we hold a 97% success rate for our participants being hired at the end of their externships within various sites.
How many of your students have taken and passed the certification exam?
Do I need to pass the exam to work?
As of right now we are at 96% of our students taking and passing the exam. We suggest students take the exam within your first few weeks or months of taking this course, while the information is still fresh in your minds.
Pennsylvania has mandated that the CRCST certification is required to work in a facility as a Instrument/Sterile Processing Technician.
While some facilities hire students without certification, they allot a timeframe (from 12 to 18 months) for you to become certified. If you do not meet their deadline, you could lose your position.
How much does the CRCST exam cost?
Is it included in the course fee?
Where do I take the exam?
The CRCST certification exam fee is NOT included in our course fee. The exam is scheduled and administered directly through HSPA (formerly IAHCSMM). Additionally, once you are certified, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILTY to maintain your certification through your employer's in-services and/or via HSPA's online courses.
Please click here to visit the IAHCSMM website for more information regarding the CRCST certification exam and requirements.
What is the starting rate for an Instrument Processing Technician?
The job title may be known as Instrument Processing Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, Central Service Technician, or something along those lines depending on the facility. While the starting rate for this position varies depending on the facility and/or state, starting rates can range from $18 to $23. Certified technicians are usually offered higher pay rates than non-certified technicians.
When will the next class start?
Where and how can I register?
Our website is updated after the start of each session. As of now, our next classes will begin on Monday, May 8, 2023.
Class sizes are limited, so we enroll on a first come basis. The registration form must be completed and an appointment must be scheduled. Appointments must be confirmed prior to your arriving at the school.
Do you offer Surgical Technology courses?
No, we do not currently offer Surgical Technology. We are currently working on our accreditation to be able to offer Surgical Technology, Home Health Aide, and other rewarding healthcare programs.
Please keep in touch for more program updates and offerings.
Where is your school located? Is it accessible by SEPTA?
We are located at 389 S. MacDade Blvd, Glenolden, PA 19036. If using GPS, be sure to enter the 19036 zip code to ensure you arrive to the correct address in Glenolden and NOT in Darby.
The SEPTA routes 107 and 113 both run across. When the road opens, the 113 will stop directly across the street from the office. There are also multiple Regional Rail lines within walking distance to the school.
What COVID-19 precautions are taken to ensure safety?
We will not enroll more than 20 students per class, with 2 seated per table--spaced out 6-feet apart. In addition to following the CDC's guidelines for social distancing, masks and temperature checks are required. Also, our facility is thoroughly cleaned before and after each class.