Overview

The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program provides entry-level training for the critical role of cleaning, packaging, sterilizing, storing, and handling sterile supplies and surgical instruments, focusing on infection prevention and control and aseptic techniques.

You will have the opportunity to spend significant time dedicated to real-world applications where you can refine your skills. You’ll learn through classroom instruction, integrated practical experiences, and a SAIT-arranged practicum rotation in an approved professional clinical setting. 

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • have fine motor skills
  • have critical thinking and adaptability
  • have effective communication skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening)
  • have the ability to work independently
  • participate in classroom, lab, and practicum activities as scheduled by the program
  • work well under stress, maintain professional behaviour and emotionally self-regulate
  • ability to use technology
  • attention to detail
  • ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment for extended periods and tolerate latex and disinfection materials
  • ability to work extended hours, including nights and/or weekends and shift work
  • can tolerate the sight of human blood and tissue
  • ability to assist in transporting, lifting, and positioning patients and/or equipment and meet the physical demands of the job (for example, using your hand, wrist, and arm for prolonged periods)
  • ability to lift 40lbs (20kg) and push or pull 250lbs (110kg) frequently.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the ALIS website for career, learning, and employment information for Surgical Processors, as well as the governing body’s competency profile for the profession, to ensure you understand the skills required to achieve all the competency-based objectives for the program and profession.

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options

This program includes a mandated 400-hour practicum delivered over eight weeks (if you're studying full-time) or ten weeks (if you're studying part-time.) If you're studying full-time, you must complete 100 hours in a simulated hands-on working environment at SAIT, which decreases the number of weeks in practicum.

Practicums are not necessarily consecutive and may not be continuous with the end of the theory portion of the program (for example, there may be a gap between finishing the theory and starting the practicum).

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practicum partners in Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements located in Calgary are very limited, and you must be prepared to travel as you may be required to relocate outside the city.

Successful applicants will be assigned their practicum placement. While we'll strive to assign your practicum location based on your preference, it is not guaranteed. Special considerations will not be given. You will be responsible for fees associated with the practicum, such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, you will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Updated immunization records
  • SPolice information check
  • Health and wellness status

Learn more about practicum requirements >

This program is recognized by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) international certification exam and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification exam.

Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to challenge the HSPA and CSA certification exams. SAIT program administrators will be available to assist with preparation.

As the certification requirements for employment opportunities vary across provincial and national jurisdictions, graduates are encouraged to challenge the HSPA and CSA exams to maximize their employability.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 93% graduate employment rate

salary icon $44,000 average starting salary

Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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Courses

The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate requires 18 credits (eight courses) to complete.

INFC 206, INST 263, SPRO 227, SPRO 235, STDP 246 and SPRO 255 are available by correspondence and/or online. They must be completed within the program time frame.

Course Credits

This applied computer course provides students with critical electronic communications, data and file management skills, along with a strong focus on using common productivity applications to format, calculate, analyze, visualize, and present or report data and information.

Equivalents:
  • COMP 261
1.5

This course introduces the structure and foundational principles of a medical device reprocessing department. Focus will be placed on workflow, infection control, risk management, processes, and equipment associated with decontamination.

Pre-requisites:
  • COMP 264
1.5

This course introduces the structure and foundational principles of a medical device reprocessing department. Focus will be placed on workflow, infection control, risk management, processes, and equipment associated with decontamination.

Pre-requisites:
  • INFC 206
1.5

Practicum focuses on the application of theoretical concepts and hands-on practical experience in the processing specific areas of decontamination, assembly, sterilization, sterile storage, and distribution. A significant portion of this course takes place off of SAIT’s campus at an approved, designated clinical site.

Pre-requisites:
  • INFC 206
  • INST 263
  • SPRO 227
  • SPRO 235
  • STDP 246
Corequsites:
  • SPRO 255
7.5

Packaging materials and rigid instrument containers for use in medical device reprocessing are introduced in this course. Topics include how to choose the appropriate materials, recommended wrapping techniques, and storage requirements to ensure integrity of the medical devices being reprocessed.

Pre-requisites:
  • INST 263
1.5

Sterilization Methodology is an introduction to the key principles, affecting factors, and monitoring materials and techniques used in the sterilization of medical devices. The various sterilization processes include steam, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, peracetic acid and ethylene oxide (EtO).

Pre-requisites:
  • SPRO 227
1.5

Professional Practice introduces human relations and communication skills needed to work in the medical device reprocessing profession. Topics include teamwork, conflict resolution, customer service, problem solving and legal and ethical issues. This course is taken in conjunction with practicum.

Pre-requisites:
  • PRAC 296
1.5

This course introduces inventory control, distribution systems, sterile storage, stock rotation, portering and the case cart system. Hospital standards and governing bodies associated with the medical device reprocessing department will also be explored.

Pre-requisites:
  • SPRO 235
1.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 and,
  • at least 60% in Science 20 or Biology 20, or Chemistry 20, or at least 70% in Science 24.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Spring 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024

Costs

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $7,452 $1,570 $9,022
Total cost:
$9,022

Books and supplies are approximately $400 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Additional fees

  • You may be required to hold either the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification to gain employment. The HSPA certification exam fee is approximately $125, and the CSA certification exam fee is approximately $263. 
  • A fee is associated with obtaining a Police Information Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • You must have your immunizations reviewed by the SAIT health clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • A fee of approximately $50-$100 is associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.
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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

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Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add hps.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

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Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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School of Health and Public Safety Advising

Phone
403.284.8500
Email
hps.info@sait.ca