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 team in a fast-paced environment. This 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. 

See Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Program Alumnus Charlton Mapayi's story.

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).  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 courses are delivered online, in-person, and in hospital sites in Nanaimo and Victoria. 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:

For details of the above-noted prerequisite courses, see under "Essential Prerequisite Courses" here: 

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 February 7, 2022
Information Session on Zoom

The 2022/2023 Info session has already been held.

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

Application Deadline**

Document Deadline

June 22, 2022

July 6, 2022

Registration Deadline & Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due  Within 3 weeks of admission offer
Balance of Tuition Due September 4, 2022
Last day to withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) September 4, 2022
Program Start October 4, 2022
Program End March 24, 2023

* 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: $9599.98
  • Application Fee:  $43.40
  • Student Union & Student Activity Fees: $500 (approx.)
  • Criminal Record Check Fee: $44.70
  • 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.

Useful Links

Contact Information

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

How to Apply

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

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Next Intake(s)

October 4, 2022- The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program has one intake each Fall.

Application Fee
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Alana Gaetz
Phone: 250.753.3245 ext. 2071

Area Contact

Name: Yan Li
Phone: 250.740.6322

Coordinator Contact

Name: Karen Blackman
Phone: 250.740.6327

Documentation Deadline

July 6, 2022


Please note that admission to this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Practicum placements are based on several factors.  The reviewing committee always attempts to place successful applicants at the hospital closest to their address, however, this is not always possible as there are twice as many placements in Victoria. This decision will be made by the reviewing committee.  Theory classes will take place online. Students who are offered a seat in the program, are responsible for all costs associated with the practicum including your accommodation and transportation.

  • Theory: 140 hours online
  • Clinical Skills: 56 hours
  • Clinical/Practicum Experience: 344 hours

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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
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