Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate

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The purpose of the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate Program is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to reprocess reusable medical devices appropriate to an entry-level Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (MDRT) position. Graduates will be eligible to apply for MDR positions in hospitals and private clinics throughout Canada.

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) recognizes VCC as a training provider and graduates of this program are eligible to take the CSA Canadian certification exam to become a Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT). Please refer to CSA website.

For a look a medical device reprocessing department watch this video via Global News.

Students are highly encouraged to attend an information session which are held at local hospitals and include MDR department tours. To receive an invitation to an upcoming information session, please send an e-mail to VCC Health.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, February 16 weeks Certificate Hospitals in the Lower Mainland Full-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description


Upon completion of this program, graduates will have acquired the knowledge and ability to:

  1. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability of Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) duties by performing duties in an ethical and legal manner to ensure patient safety and recognizing the importance of ongoing professional development.
  2. Apply knowledge learned during the program to the practice of medical device reprocessing
  3. Follow written work instructions and perform MDR tasks
  4. Work safely, independently and collaboratively in an MDR Department
  5. Safely and correctly operate a variety of equipment used in MDR
  6. Communicate accurately with co-workers and customers to complete writing, speaking and listening tasks associated with MDR
  7. Solve problems appropriate to the clinical assignment by drawing on knowledge from the field of MDR


The program is divided into two components: theory and clinical. Both components are taken simultaneously. The theory component is delivered through classroom instruction, group discussions, case-studies, and simulations. Students apply theoretical knowledge in the clinical practicum, which takes place in hospital MDR Departments.

This is a full-time face-to-face program with on-line supported learning. Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday. Hours may vary. The clinical placement may include some evenings.


The program is 16 weeks. The student must complete the theory and clinical portions simultaneously in order to graduate.


Evaluations will be done throughout the program. In the theory component, evaluations will be based on case-studies, assignments, quizzes, and exams. The clinical practicum is evaluated by instructor observation, assessment of practical skills, and reflective journaling.

Students must achieve at least B- in the theory course (MDRT 1201) and an S in the clinical course (MDRT 1211) in order to complete the program. All assignments in the clinical course must be successfully completed and students must achieve at least three out of four on every competency on the final competency evaluation in order to pass the clinical course. If students do not successfully complete the clinical course then they will not be readmitted into the program without approval of the department leader.

The MDRT program is an applied program where students learn the hands-on skills of Medical Device Reprocessing on a daily basis. Students are recommended to attend all classes in order to complete the program successfully.





Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 12 Graduation or equivalent.
  • Proof of English language proficiency and English 12 with a 'C+' or equivalent
  • OACP 1108: Medical Terminology 1 or equivalent, taken within the last five years
  • MSKL 1104: Interpersonal Communication Skills – Health or equivalent

Applicants are recommended to attend an MDRT Certificate Information Session.

Upon acceptance:

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC): In accordance to the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to the program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x- ray is required.
  • A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Polio
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (on an annual basis)
    • Chicken Pox

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Good command of the English language.
  • Ability to attend to detail, to work accurately and neatly, and to manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work under close direction as well as ability to act with initiative as member of a health care team.
  • Ability to work in a busy atmosphere and to respond quickly to both verbal and written requests.
  • Ability to work in a hospital setting. Previous hospital experience may be an advantage.
  • Ability to behave respectfully in the workplace.
  • Reliable and dependable with good work habits.
  • Flexibility to adjust to shift work.
  • Absence of health problems which may affect ability to lift, stand for long periods, or perform repetitive movements.
  • Absence of allergies to substances on the skin.
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs, stand for a long period of time, and work in a specially designed environment. This program is not recommended for women who are pregnant, individuals with recent or chronic back injuries, and students with chronic skin conditions.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

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Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info


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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Rebeccah Bennett, VCC Health, 604.871.7000, ext. 8674
Program Assistant: Tina Kirmis VCC Health, 604.871.7000, ext. 8672

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.

Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 (201992)

(MSKL 1104) Interpersonal Communications - Health 1.0 credits    $404.98

Gain broad and practical interpersonal and teamwork skills to develop stronger communication, decision-making, and assertiveness for the workplace. Learn skills in conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, and empowerment. For MDRT and Renal Dialysis Technician students.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20222 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0900 - 1600
to 04-May-2019
Vicic, Margaret
  20221 DTN Rm. 423
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0900 - 1600
to 15-Jun-2019
Vicic, Margaret

(OACP 1108) Medical Terminology 1 2.5 credits    $248.54

Learn the basics of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and body structure and functions. Explore disease processes, investigations, treatments, and surgical terms and applications. This is the first half of a two-part course. Must be followed by Medical Terminology 2 (OACP 1109). Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20384 DTN Rm. 820
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2100
to 11-Jun-2019
Wong, Anna

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2020 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Interpersonal Communications - Health (MSKL 1104)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $404.98
Medical Device Reprocessing Clinical (MDRT 1211)
course schedule schedule
20.0 credits N/A
Medical Device Reprocessing Theory (MDRT 1201)
course schedule schedule
7.0 credits N/A
Medical Terminology 1 (OACP 1108)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits $248.54

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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