Applications are accepted continuously.
The online Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program provides entry-level training for the critical role of cleaning,
packaging, sterilizing, storing, and handling of sterile supplies and instruments, with a focus on infection prevention and control and aseptic techniques. Online delivery brings your SAIT education to you - wherever you are and whatever your schedule.
SAIT's Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate program is designed for individuals and Service Aide II personnel interested in working in central service/supply, processing and distribution, operating room, and specialty areas. Certification is now required in some Canadian provinces and in the United States. Certification creates a higher quality of work and more satisfaction for the employee.
Graduates of this program are eligible to challenge the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) certification exam for international recognition of their competencies as a Central Service Technician (CRST). This allows international portability.
SAIT's Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program is also recognized by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and graduates are eligible to challenge the CSA Canadian certification exam to become a certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT). Please note: Your MDRT certificate and a high school diploma are required to challenge the CSA certification exam.
Graduates find work as medical device reprocessing technicians, sterile processors, service aides, and in related positions in health care central service/supply, processing and distribution, operating room, and specialty areas at acute care, community care and extended care facilities. Graduates are often hired into casual positions initially which usually progress to full-time positions within one year of hire.
- In order to be successful in this program, applicants must have basic computer literacy and keyboarding skills including the ability to use word processing and communication software. Educational interaction in this program depends on these basic computer skills, and medical device reprocessing technicians work with hospital information systems. It is the student's responsibility to ensure adequacy of these skills prior to program admission.
- Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
- Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.
- Because of the nature of work, to be successful in this program students must be able to lift up to 18 kg/40 pounds and push/pull 114 kg/250 pounds on an ongoing basis.
- Students who experience success in this program and career demonstrate manual dexterity and are able to perform repetitive tasks in a stressful environment.
Completion of the following courses or their equivalents:
- At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
- At least 50% in Science 20 or Biology 20 or Chemistry 20, or at least 60% in Science 24
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
Applicants must be accepted into the program in order to be eligible to receive a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate. Click here to apply online. Please select "Medical Device Reprocessing Technician - Distance" on your application form.
An information package will be sent to applicants meeting the admission requirements. This package will provide more information about the program, the process for securing a practicum placement and the requirements for practicum.
A 400 hour clinical practicum experience is a requirement of this program and must be discussed with the Academic Chair during the application process. Alberta practicum sites must be arranged through SAIT. If you reside outside of Alberta, please contact the Academic Chair to discuss the process for securing a practicum placement in your area. The program must approve the clinical site to ensure you will have the opportunity to obtain all required competencies.
The program will do its best to support you in securing a practicum site but please note that practicum sites are not guaranteed or may not be available at your preferred timeframe.
Tuition and fees
- Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs to a practicum sites outside of Calgary.
- Students may be required to hold either the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification for the purpose of gaining employment. The IAHCSMM certification exam fee is approximately $125 and the CSA certification exam is approximately $263. Students are responsible for paying these exam fees.
- There is a fee associated with obtaining a police information check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
- Books and supplies are approximately $400.
- Students must have a personal computer and access to the Internet. Most classes are taught at SAIT, but some require online access. All courses require additional self-study.
The following courses are required for the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate program. Courses are taken one at a time in the sequence listed below.
SPRO-255 (Professional Practice) must be taken at the same time as PRAC-296 (Practicum).
|Infection Control and Decontamination||INFC-206||Online|
|Packaging Materials and Techniques||SPRO-227||Online|
Professional development options for health care professionals
The above courses are also available to health care professionals seeking professional development. If you are interested in enrolling in one or more of the above courses, but do not intend to complete the certificate program, please first discuss your eligibility with the Academic Chair.
Program Information Specialist