Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

4.5 Month Full Time Certificate Program

Play a critical role in health care and work as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment. This program provides the knowledge and appropriate training in response to the increasing demand for trained medical device reprocessing technicians in BC. Students gain theory and application of principals related to decontamination, sterilization, storage and distribution of equipment in a medical device reprocessing area. Graduates 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.

Program Content:

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician: Theory (140 hours)

Gain theoretical knowledge required to work as entry-level Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians (MDRTs).  

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

Practice valuable clinical skills in a controlled setting.

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

Integrate your knowledge and skills in a real MDR setting.  

Course Delivery:

This program is offered on a full-time basis over 4.5 months.  The courses are delivered online, in-person, and on hospital sites.

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

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

Admission Requirements:

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

Notes on Admissions:

  • 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
  • A satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required prior to clinical placement. 
    • Criminal Record Checks must be requested through VIU; a check through RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirement.  Present the completed form along with the processing fee to the cashiers in Building 200.  The cashier will stamp the form and direct you to Registration, where you will present the form along with two pieces of government-issued ID.  Registration is open M-F 8:30am-3:30pm.
  • A completed Immunization Requirements immunization_requirements.pdf and recent TB skin test report within 3 months of entering the program are required prior to the first day of class.  (If the TB skin test is positive, a negative chest x-ray is required).  

Important Dates*:

Admissions Open / Applications Accepted TBA
Information Session

TBA - Nanaimo

TBA - VGH (Victoria)

Application Deadline** TBA
Registration Deadline & Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due  Within 3 weeks of admission offer
Balance of Tuition Due TBA
Last day to withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) TBA
Program Start Fall 2020
Program End Spring 2021

* Dates are subject to change

** All applications must be submitted and complete with all required documentation.  Late applications may be accepted if seats are available.

Program Fees:

Tuition and Fees subject to final approval

Tuition: $9227.21

Student Union & Student Activity Fees: ~ $500

Criminal Record Check Fee: $42.25

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.

Contact Information:

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant,
Professional Development and Training (H&HS)
Phone: 250.740.6322

Revised October 16, 2019

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 8, 2020
Accepting International Applications
Application Fee
Accepting Late Applications
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Alana Gaetz
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2071

Area Secretary Contact

Name: Deirdre Godwin
Phone: 250-740-6322

Coordinator Contact

Name: Ghislaine Boucher
Phone: 250-740-6327

Documentation Deadline

Document deadline is June 29, 2020.


Theory: 140 hours blended delivery, Clinical Skills: 56 hours, Clinical/Practicum Experience: 344 hours. Practicums are located in Nanaimo and Victoria.

A new Spring intake will also be offered this year:

Application open date: June 29, 2020
Application close date: Dec 7, 2020
Program start date: February 16, 2021

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