Medical Device Reprocessing

Play an instrumental role in healthcare

Infection prevention and control is essential to safe patient care. Within this 26-week intensive Medical Device Reprocessing program you will lean how to handle, clean, sterilize, assemble, function test and package surgical instruments. We’ll give you the knowledge and experience you need to make your way into this intriguing field and be an integral part of the health care team.

Medical Device Reprocessing is right for you if you:

  • have good motor coordination and manual dexterity
  • are able to work under pressure and pay close attention to detail
  • possess good organizational skills
  • have good communication and teamwork skills
  • are not sensitive to latex, disinfection and sterilization chemicals, or the sight of human blood and tissue

Hands-on practice

During the first four months of the program, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to work in this important health care industry. Once you have completed all your theory classes, we will provide you with the opportunity to engage in interactive, hands-on experiences with an eight-week practicum. During this time you will have the opportunity to practice your skills and knowledge in different departments on a variety of instruments and equipment.

Medical Device Reprocessing: At-a-Glance
1 Year (26 weeks)
Online Delivery with face-to-face practicum. Some courses are also available on-campus.
Certificate in Medical Device Reprocessing

This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances, for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

Prepares you to write the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management certification exam or Canadian Standards Association exam to become a Certified Registered Central Service Technician.

Medical Device Reprocessing - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$2,261$856$853
Year 2Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3310
Office of the Chair:
• 403.320.3202 Ext. 5449
Office of the Dean:

Centre for Health and Wellness Placement Office:
403.320.3202 Ext. 5380

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