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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 approximately 26 weeks, you’ll learn the science behind and the techniques required for the precise skills of hospital instrument sterilization. Travel will be required for the work-integrated learning course that will occur in Lethbridge and surrounding rural areas or another approved site in southern Alberta. During this time, you 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:

  • Day Procedure Facilities
  • Hospital Central Processing Facilities
  • Hospital Operating Rooms
  • Private Health-Care Providers
  • Surgical Centers
Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 1 year (26 weeks)
Credential: Certificate
Delivery Format

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

Returning Students
As a continuing student in Medical Device Reprocessing you will participate in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) on-site at various locations which will include Lethbridge or surrounding rural communities. WIL schedules are pre-specified and may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites


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 Title Credits

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

Year 1 Term II
Course Code Title Credits

CSP-1142 MDR Practicum (6 credits) is a 400 hour, full-time, face- to-face work-integrated learning course occurring in Lethbridge and surrounding rural areas. If you would like an alternate placement, contact the program to discuss options. Staggered practicum start dates are necessary to ensure placement sites.


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.

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.

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 Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements,students will be awarded a certificate in Medical Device Reprocessing.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,483.00 $863.00 $1,100.00

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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.
  • Tuition for international students is $10,133. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

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.”