Get specialized training to reprocess reusable medical devices such as surgical tools and patient care equipment.
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT) examination from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
What you will learn
Upon completion of this program, graduates will have acquired the knowledge and ability to:
- 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
- Use infection prevention and control measures in all areas of MDR clinical practice
- Follow written work instructions and perform MDR tasks
- Work safely, independently and collaboratively in an MDR Department
- Safely and correctly operate a variety of equipment used in MDR
- Communicate accurately with co-workers and customers to complete writing, speaking and listening tasks associated with MDR
- Solve problems appropriate to the clinical assignment by drawing on knowledge from the field of MDR
What to expect
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 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.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
- Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
- English 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent or
- English Language Proficiency at a minimum English 12 'C+' level
- OACP 1108 Medical Terminology 1 or equivalent, taken within the last five years
- MSKL 1104 Interpersonal Communication Skills - Health or equivalent
NOTE: Applicants are recommended to attend an MDRT Certificate Information Session.
Upon acceptance:Criminal Record Check (CRC): Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate. 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 and in some case may be required for practicum placements:
*NOTE: Clinical facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations or satisfactory serum titers and TB screening.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (on an annual basis)
- Chicken Pox
- Ability to listen, comprehend and communicate clearly in a complex hospital setting
- A sincere interest in working as part of a health care team that values service and patient safety
- Ability to work respectfully with a wide variety of people
- Ability to work under close direction and follow instructions
- Ability to handle responsibility, use critical thinking and act with initiative under pressure
- Ability to attend to detail, to work accurately and neatly, and to manage time effectively
- Flexibility to adjust to early morning and evening clinical shifts, to a variety of clinical locations across the Lower Mainland
- Good eyesight (corrected vision is accepted), with strong hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
- Good health and physical stamina, including the ability to lift/carry 10 kg and stand for a full working day
- This program is not recommended for individuals with recent or chronic knee, lower arm, shoulder or back injuries, and students with chronic skin conditions affecting hands and lower arms
Fees and other costs
Tuition deposit: $500 (non-refundable)
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* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.