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Medical Device Reprocessing Technician - Full Time

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

Waitlisted for Winter 2022

Length: 21 Weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Online

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Next information session

There are no events scheduled for this program. Please visit the link below to see all upcoming and on-demand information sessions.

Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

Learn to safely clean, package, sterilize, store and handle sterile supplies and instruments in preparation for a career as a medical device reprocessing technician or sterile processor in hospitals, doctors’ offices, dental clinics and other health care facilities where surgeries are performed.

Students learn through classroom instruction, as well as significant time dedicated to real-world application and refinement of their skills during integrated practical experiences, and a SAIT-arranged practicum rotation in an approved professional clinical setting.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • Possess basic computer literacy, including with word processing and communications platforms
    • Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians work with digital information management systems in hospital settings, and applicants must ensure they possess these skills prior to admission into the program
  • Have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
  • Are effective at communication in English
  • Embody a high attentiveness to detail
  • Enjoy working in team environments
  • Are in good health and physically fit, including:
    • Good motor coordination and manual dexterity
    • The ability to both lift 40 lbs and push or pull 250 lbs on a frequent basis
    • Being able to stand or walk for long periods of time, including repeated bending at the knees and waist
  • Are able to perform repetitive tasks in noisy and stressful environments
  • Are not averse to shift-work or flexible, rotating schedules 
  • Have no sensitivities to latex, disinfection and sterilization chemicals, or the sight of blood and human tissue

Accreditation

SAIT’s Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program is 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).

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. However, this program is recognized nationally and internationally, with opportunities for graduates to write certification exams that allow for working in the profession globally.

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate.

The program arranges for graduates 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 (CRCST). This allows for international portability.

Certification from either IAHCSMM or CSA is required to practice as an MDRT in Alberta.

Please note: Your MDRT certificate and a high school diploma are required to challenge the CSA certification exam.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in medical device reprocessing departments, operating rooms, doctor’s offices, dental clinics, surgical centres and specialty areas of acute care, community care and extended care facilities. Potential positions include:

  • medical device reprocessing technician
  • sterile processing technician
  • service aide

Related careers include:

  • optometric assistant
  • recreational therapy aide
  • chiropractic aide

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,489

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

 This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until Aug. 20, 2021.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open on March 31, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 Feb. 11, 2022
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 June 30, 2022

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission and selection*

  • Fall 2021 start: Applications are accepted Oct. 7, 2020, to Aug. 20, 2021.
  • Winter 2022 start: Applications open on March 31, 2021.

*This program does not accept international students

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3:  Apply to Medical Device Reprocessing Technician - Full-time and submit your transcripts and or final anticipated grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Communication during selection

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

We recommend you add clinical.supportservices@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. Please check your junk mail or trash folders for communication from SAIT. The program does not follow-up on selection packages which are not returned.

Practicum requirements

The eight weeks of practicum 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 practica partners located in Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practica such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs. 

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

  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Health and wellness status

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Courses

Program outline

This program is a 21-week certificate offered over the fall/winter semesters or winter/spring semesters.

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Course code Course name Credit
INFC-206* Infection Control and Decontamination 1.5
INST-263* Instrumentation 1.5
SPRO-227* Packaging Materials and Techniques 1.5
SPRO-235* Sterilization Methodology 1.5
STDP-246* Supply Distribution and Standards 1.5
SPRO-255* Professional Practice 1.5
PRAC-296 Practicum 7.5
Program total 16.5
*Available by correspondence and/or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.

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.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $6,156 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,489

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $400.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside ofCalgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • The IAHCSMM certification exam fee is approximately $125 and the CSA certification exam fee 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).
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine and medical history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Your program orientation will take place on Sept.2. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

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

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Required uniform

Your required uniform can be purchased prior to orientaion from any place that sells medical uniforms. Your uniform, should consist of a scrub top and bottom, and comfortable closed toe and heel shoes that are water impervious and slip resistant.

Other requirements

  • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Immunization record
  • Health and Wellness Status
  • 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.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

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 required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

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