If you have an eye for detail, work well under pressure and can handle the sight of human blood and tissue, the Medical Device Reprocessing program can prepare you for an integral career in health care.

 

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Overview

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Health-care facilities throughout the province and across the country rely on the precision work and attention to detail of medical device reprocessing technicians. These are the people who directly contribute to healthy hospital practices, sterilizing medical instruments and ensuring safe patient care. It’s a vital role in health care and we can prepare you to take your place in this career.

You’ll get the education you need to succeed in this invigorating career in our Medical Device Reprocessing certificate program.

In 26 weeks, you’ll learn the science behind and the techniques required for the precise skills of hospital instrument sterilization. A practicum at Chinook Regional Hospital or another approved site will hone your skills and give you a feel for what it takes to play an essential role in health care as a medical device reprocessing technician.

That’s not all. Our program is built around the concepts required to shine in this detail-driven field and 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.

Ready to take your place in health care? Apply to the Medical Device Reprocessing program today!

Career opportunities

When you complete our certificate, you’ll be ready to begin you career in a variety of medical environments, including:

  • hospital central processing facilities
  • hospital operating rooms
  • day procedure facilities
  • doctors’ practices
  • long-term care facilities
  • private health care providers
  • surgical centres
Starts In: September
Status: Fall (September) 2018 waitlisting
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2019
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 3, 2019
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2019

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 1 year (26 weeks)
Credential: Certificate
Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Learning Environment

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

Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1162
3.00
ENG-1154
3.00
COM-1162
3.00
CPU-1151
1.50
CSP-1150
3.00
CSP-1160
6.00

BIO-1162 has an on-campus lab experience to support knowledge/skill development. Attendance is required.


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • BIO-1162 Microbiology
  • ENG-1154 Writing for Technologists
  • COM-1162 Interpersonal Relations and Communic.
  • CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers
  • CSP-1150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology
  • CSP-1160 Practices Surgical Instrument Processing
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
CSP-1142
6.00

CSP-1142 is a 10-week, full-time, face-to-face practicum offered at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Contact the program chair prior to or upon acceptance into the program if you would like alternate practicum placements considered.

Admissions

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

General admission requirements

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

Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements

This program has a required practice-based experience (PBE) component coordinated by the Placement Office. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE 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 OHS requirements (e.g. CPR certification, fire safety, WHMIS, mask fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health-care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs,” all post-secondary institutions have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each health care student at the time of initial enrolment and to ensure all health care students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage: PBE 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 PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBEs 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.

Find out more about pre-placement requirements for your program.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,261.00 $856.00 $853.00

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  • 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

Transition from the classroom to the workplace with ease

Maximize your hands-on training without compromising classroom theory.

We’ve designed our program to maximize your hands-on training without compromising classroom theory. The curriculum is delivered fully online and prepares you to write either the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management or the Canadian Standards Association exam.

Beyond this theory, you’ll spend 10 weeks learning on the job at Chinook Regional Hospital or another approved site. This enhanced learning experience will give you the opportunity to work with industry-standard equipment in a real work environment, making the transition from the classroom to the workplace as smooth as possible.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Lori Patterson

Lori sent the college a Facebook update saying she found a full-time job in Edmonton less than two months after her graduation and that she is now studying to get her international certification, which was based on the course materials she was taught at the college. “Who knows where this career will take me?” she wrote.

– From Spring 2014 Wider Horizons

Whittny Schuurman

“A medical device processor is mandatory in order for surgeries to take place day after day. I enjoy knowing I am helping people daily. This is a great program that can lead into so many different jobs, and the medical world is always going to need us.”