Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

22 Week Full-Time Certificate Program

Program Length: 22 weeks

Credential: Certificate

Location: Online theory. Practicums held in Victoria and Nanaimo.

Play a critical role in health care and work as a member of a surgical team in a fast-paced environment. This non-credit program will provide you with the knowledge and appropriate training in response to the increasing demand for trained Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians in BC. You will gain theory and application of principles related to decontamination, sterilization, storage and distribution of equipment in a medical device reprocessing area. As a graduate, you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings from acute care hospitals to veterinary clinics. 

The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate Program prepares graduates for a number of different job titles, including:

  •        Central Processing Assistant
  •        Central Supply Department Technician
  •        Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

See this short video from Island Health on what it is like to work as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician.

Program Content

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician: Theory (140 hours)

Gain theoretical knowledge required to work as entry-level Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians (MDRTs).  This course is taught online.

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician: Clinical Skills Basics (56 hours)

Practice valuable clinical skills in a classroom setting at hospitals in Nanaimo and Victoria.

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician: Clinical/Practicum (344 hours)

Integrate your knowledge and skills in a real MDR setting at an Island Health hospital in Nanaimo and Victoria.  

Course Delivery

This program is offered on a full-time basis over 22 weeks.  The theory course is delivered online, and the clinical skills and practicum components are held in hospital sites in Nanaimo and Victoria. Students from the Victoria region are encouraged to apply. All students must have access to a desktop or laptop computer with a working camera, audio and Internet service in order to complete this program.

Practicum placements are hosted at Victoria General Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria and the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.  Students are responsible for securing accommodation and transportation to support their practicum experience.

Flexibility is required, particularly during the clinical/practicum as shifts can be scheduled from 0700 to 1900. 

Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met for entry to the program:

Other program requirements

Proof of successful completion of the following is required in order to participate in the practicum. Once you have been accepted to the program, it is strongly recommended that you have these required documents completed before the program start date. Please email this documentation to on the first day of class. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have the correct credentials and meet all of these requirements prior to the deadlines outlined in their offer letters. 

  • Criminal Record Check
    • Fieldwork and/or practica will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. Further information on obtaining your CRC through VIU will only be sent if you are accepted to the program, and will be sent with your acceptance letter from the Registrar's Office. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.
  • Immunization Requirements Form with a recent TB skin test report within 12 months of entering the program are required. (If the TB skin test is positive, a negative chest x-ray is required.) Please note that some immunizations are given in a series and may take several months to complete.

Students should also have the following:

  • Absence of health problems that may affect ability to lift, stand for long periods, or perform repetitive movements
  • Absence of allergies to substances on the skin
  • Familiarity with computers and access to the Internet to participate in the online learning
  • Please review the Personal Suitability Checklist

Important Dates *

Description Date
Admissions Open / Applications Accepted October 1, 2022
Information Session

March 9, 2023   6:30 - 8:30 pm   Join via Zoom

Please contact us at with any specific questions, and we will be happy to respond. 

Application Deadline**

Document Deadline

Extended to August 15, 2023

August 30, 2023

Registration Deadline & Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due  Within 3 weeks of admission offer
Balance of Tuition Due September 4, 2023
Last day to withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) September 4, 2023
Program Start October 3, 2023
Program End March 22, 2024

* Dates are subject to change

** All applications must be submitted and complete with all required documentation. Note that the April 30th application deadline has been extended August 15th and we are continuing to accept applications.

Program Fees

  • Tuition and Fees subject to final approval
  • Tuition: $9,791.99
  • Application Fee:  $44.27
  • Student Union: $106.08 (approx.)
  • Criminal Record Check Fee: $45.55
  • Textbooks: There are no textbooks for this program

This program is full time therefore it is eligible for student loans!

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 75% is required in MDRT 001 and MDRT 002 in order to participate in MDRT 003. 

To be eligible for the Certificate of Program Completion, the student must successfully complete all courses.  A minimum of 75% is required to pass each course.

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes, labs, and practicum experiences.  Students who do not meet the attendance requirement may not qualify to receive the Program Certificate.

How to Apply

Apply Online or use a paper application for admission.  An application fee is required

Contact Information

Yan Li, Program Assistant
Professional Development and Training
Faculty of Health Sciences and Human Services

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Charlton Mapayi

"The program has helped build and shape my character, flexibility, perseverance and resilience."

Charlton Mapayi

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program graduate