Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

Applied Certificate
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

Program Overview

Medical device reprocessing technicians operate and maintain a variety of sterilization equipment such as instrument washers, sonic sinks, cart washers and steam autoclaves to clean and disinfect surgical instrumentation and equipment for reuse according to standardized safety practices. They reassemble equipment and prepare packs of sterile supplies and instruments for delivery to hospital departments.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program is a 24-week applied certificate offered through distance education. The program will prepare you to apply principles of infection prevention and proper handling in the decontamination, inspection, assembly, sterilization and storage of reusable patient care equipment and instrumentation in health-care settings.

Work Experience

You will participate in four one-day work experiences, each designed to integrate your course learning with a practical experience in a medical device reprocessing department. Under the supervision of a staff member you will observe and work in the different areas of a medical device reprocessing department. You will collaborate with your instructor to arrange work experiences in a site of your preference.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program graduates are in high demand. You could have a variety of opportunities in health-care facilities, such as hospital medical device reprocessing departments, veterinary clinics, public and private endoscopic clinics, dental clinics and private surgical centres.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, visit the Health Careers website. 

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August, October and January
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Length: 24 weeks


  • Distance Learning options available


Admission Requirements


  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide an up-to-date immunization record.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check upon admission to the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is the applicant's responsibility.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.




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MED 100
Foundations of Medical Device Reprocessing
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You will explore the functioning of the medical device reprocessing (MDR) department and the duties and responsibilities of the medical device reprocessing technician. You will study medical terminology, major body systems, microbiology, infection control, confidentiality, safety, and required Canadian Standards.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MED 100CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
MED 101
Decontamination: Cleaning and Disinfection
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You will explore decontamination in a medical device reprocessing (MDR) department. You will study cleaning and disinfecting agents and the equipment used to decontaminate medical devices. You will discuss the proper handling and cleaning of these devices. You will study policies and procedures related to decontamination.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MED 100
Equivalent Course(s): MED 101CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
MED 102
Inspection, Assembly and Packaging
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You will discuss the inspection, sorting, assembling, and packaging of medical devices. You will study the classifications of surgical instruments and their preparation for sterilization. You will discuss policies and procedures related to inspection, assembly and packaging.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MED 101
Equivalent Course(s): MED 102CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
MED 103
Sterilization, Storage and Transportation
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You will study the principles and methods of sterilization. You will study the monitoring of sterilization and discuss the storage, distribution and transportation of sterile supplies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MED 102
Equivalent Course(s): MED 103CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Part-Time Delivery

To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking any program courses.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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