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Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate


Credential: Certificate
Available: Continuing Education Online

Program Description

Applications are accepted continuously.

Online delivery brings your SAIT education to you — wherever you are and whatever your schedule. 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. *Also available as a daytime Fast-Track program with fall and winter starts.

Graduates of this program are eligible to challenge the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material 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.

Your career

  • Medical Device Reprocessing Technician
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Sterile Processor
  • Service Aide

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

Student success

  • 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.

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

Competitive Entry: Seven-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: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

In the selection process, applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Admission Requirements: course average and post-secondary education/training: 50%
  • Customer Service Skills, Communication and Teamwork: 20%
  • Career Investigation: 20%
  • Program Information: 10%

You will require a minimum passing score of 60% on your selection package in order to continue in the selection process. Packages will be reviewed by the School of Health and Public Safety on a weekly basis. You will be given two weeks notice to return the selection package to clinical.supportservices@sait.ca.

Step 4: Apply to Medical Device Reprocessing Technician and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete the selection package that will be emailed to you.  

  • Once you're in selection, the package will be emailed to you.
  • Review a sample selection package (for reference only).

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

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.

Application process

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.

Practicum requirements

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 time frame.

Tuition and fees

  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs to 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 (USD) 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.
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $50 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.

Course outline

This program is a continuous distance delivered program and each course is offered every two months throughout the year. 
SPRO-255 (Professional Practice) must be taken at the same time as PRAC-296 (Practicum).   

Infection Control and Decontamination INFC-206 Online
Instrumentation INST-263 Online
Packaging Materials and Techniques SPRO-227 Online
Sterilization Methodology SPRO-235 Online
Supply Distribution/Standards STDP-246 Online
Professional Practice SPRO-255 Online
Practicum PRAC-296 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.


For additional information, please contact:

School of Health and Public Safety



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