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Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

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Credential: Certificate Delivery: Part Time Online

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more


Develop knowledge through online learning in infection prevention and control, and aseptic techniques.

This certificate program provides you with entry-level training for the critical role of cleaning, packaging, sterilizing, storing and handling sterile supplies and instruments. The focus is on infection prevention and control and aseptic techniques. It includes a practicum at an accredited clinical facility.

Is this the right fit for me?

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 the 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.


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).


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.

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 credit*

Domestic: $355.33

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

Full costs
Tuition and Financial Aid

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


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 are accepted year-round. Apply now!
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Summer 2021 July 1, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission and selection 

  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020, and are continually accepted.
  • Summer or fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020 and are continually accepted 

Admission requirements

  • 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.

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 - part-time program 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.


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Program Outline

This program is a continuous distance delivered program and each course is offered every two months throughout the year. 

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

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/Standards 1.5
SPRO-255 Professional Practice* 1.5
PRAC-296 Practicum* 7.5
Total 16.5

*SPRO-255 (Professional Practice) must be taken at the same time as PRAC-296 (Practicum). 


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

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit  transfer options to learn more. 


The following tuition and fees are based on a full-time course load. The total cost for tuition and fees may vary depending on the number of courses taken during a period.

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,863 $682 $288 $252 $7,085


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the  International Centre.

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.

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.

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

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2020


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

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. 

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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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.


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

Academic chair

Kimberly Wheelans, Academic Chair
Email:  kimberly.wheelans@sait.ca

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