Play a vital role in health care with a Medical Device Reprocessing certificate. Built around the concepts required to shine in this detail-driven field, our Medical Device Reprocessing program prepares you to write either the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management exam or the Canadian Standards Association exam to become a Certified Registered Central Service Technician.

In approximately 26 weeks, you’ll learn the science behind and the techniques required for the precise skills of hospital instrument sterilization. During a work-integrated learning opportunity, you’ll hone your skills and get a feel for what it takes to play an essential role in health care as a medical device reprocessing technician.

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Career Opportunities

As a trained Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, you can work in a variety of medical environments, including:

  • Day Procedure Facilities
  • Hospital Central Processing Facilities
  • Hospital Operating Rooms                                                                 
  • Private Health-Care Providers
  • Surgical Centers

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26 weeks

you’ll spend learning how to handle, clean, assemble, function test and package surgical instruments and medical equipment

400 Hours

dedicated to a work-integrated learning experience in a hospital or health-care facility


The Medical Device Reprocessing program is well-suited for those that are detail-oriented and want to work in the health-care field




Credential / Accreditation



1 year (26 weeks)

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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New students are accepted into this program for the Fall (September) term only.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student.  Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage.  In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta).  These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Medical Device Reprocessing program is available through the following delivery methods.


This program is fully delivered online with both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) components.


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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
BIO-1162 Microbiology 3
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers 1.5
CSP-1150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology 3
CSP-1160 Practices Surgical Instrument Processing 6
ENG-1159 Writing for the Workplace 3
  Credits 19.5
Term II
CSP-1142 MDR Practicum 6
  Credits 6
  Total Credits 25.5

Some courses are also available on-campus. Please refer to the online Academic Timetable for course availability.

Important Notes:

  1. BIO-1162 Microbiology (3 credits) has an on-campus lab experience to support knowledge/skill development. Attendance is required.
  2. CSP-1142 MDR Practicum (6 credits) is a 400 hour, full-time, face-to-face work-integrated learning course which can occur in a variety of reprocessing sites. Due to the limited availability of practicum sites, students may be required to relocate from their home community to complete the practicum placements. If you would like an alternate placement, contact the program to discuss options. Staggered practicum start dates are necessary to ensure placement sites.
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Tuition and Fees

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Year 1
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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