MEDDF-CT Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

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  • Four-month certificate program
  • Entry date: January 2020
  • Notre Dame Campus
  • Practicum (240 hours)
  • Available on a part-time basis

Note: Due to the high demand, the January 2020 intake at the Notre Dame Campus (Winnipeg) is full. At this time, applicants will be placed on a waitlist.


Develop the knowledge and technical skills required for a career as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (MDR).

You will undertake both a theory and practical component related to the decontamination, cleaning, processing, assembly, sterilization, storage and distribution of medical devices and supplies within a health care setting.

As members of the health care team, MDR Technicians play a vital role providing support to patient care services in hospitals and clinical settings.

Immunizations and Testing

Review the Healthcare Program Immunizations Information

If you have questions about this requirement contact Health Services

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

It is strongly recommended that you are proficient in basic computer skills to participate in this program. You will be required to use the following:

  • the Internet to locate reference material
  • word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to complete assignments
  • email to communicate with instructors and other students
If you do not have these skills, it is recommended that you complete Computers - Intro (COMP-1081) prior to beginning the program.

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • If you completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so. See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.

  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes. 
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option. If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, Writing 7 
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.0, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.0,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 4.0
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts. 

  3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • Submit a completed Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
For clinical practicum requirements, see CO-OP/Practicum Information.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)

Who Should Enrol?

Those seeking a challenging career in a health care environment.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Jan 06, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
1Includes Health and Dental Fees

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Program Outline

You must successfully complete nine courses to earn a certificate.

Program Content

  • MDR: Medical Terminology
  • MDR: Safety
  • MDR: Microbiology and Infection Control
  • MDR: Decontamination
  • MDR: Instrumentation/Packaging
  • MDR: Sterilization
  • MDR: Transportation and Storage
  • MDR: Professional Practice
  • MDR: Practicum (six weeks, 240 hours)

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
MEDL-1040MDR-Medical Terminology
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Explore the technical language of medical science, including work components, definitions, spelling and pronunciation using a systems approach. Basic anatomy and physiology are also covered.

MEDL-1041MDR - Safety
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This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to practice safely in the field of medical reprocessing. Students will learn about infection control, body mechanics and workplace safety.

MEDL-1040 must be completed with a minimum grade of B+ (75%)in order to register for MEDL-1041.
MEDL-1042MDR-Microbiology & Infection Control
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This course will provide basic knowledge of microbiology and infection control within a healthcare environment.

MEDL-1043MDR - Decontamination
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Acquire the knowledge and skills related to decontamination of medical devices including structural requirements of the decontamination area, processes and operation used for cleaning and disinfection equipment.

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This course will provide the knowledge and skills to properly prepare medical devices for safe us. Topics included are disassembly and reassembly and appropriate instrument packaging to achieve optimum sterilization and aseptic presentation.

MEDL-1045MDR - Sterilization
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By learning the key principles and factors affecting sterilization, students will develop the ability to use, monitor, modify, and evaluate sterilization methods and equipment. Common types of sterilization and alternative sterilization processes will be explored.

MEDL-1046MDR - Transportation & Storage
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Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary to control inventory distribution systems including the use of "pick lists", case cart system and transportation, stock rotation.

MEDL-1047MDR - Professional Practice
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This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to be an effective member of the health care team. Communication and teamwork will be addressed. Students will be introduced to professional and facility practices and procedures.

PRAC-1051MDR - Practicum
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This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the theory component of the program in a hospital environment.

WRKS-1330BLS Provider
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The BLS Provider Course is designed to prepare healthcare professionals to recognize several life-threatening emergencies and to provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner as per the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This course includes adult, child and infant rescue skills in both out of hospital and in-hospital settings.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The MDR-Practicum provides you with the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills learned in the theory courses. You are eligible for practicum after successfully completing all theory courses.
The MDR-Practicum is a minimum of six weeks (full-time) in length.  Shift schedules will be arranged according to the guidelines agreed upon by RRC and the health care facility. For your practicum placement, you must be available for various shifts, days/evenings/weekends. All practicums are arranged by the College and will take place in Winnipeg.

You must submit the following documents 4 weeks prior to the practicum start date:

1. Immunization and Testing

  • Review the Healthcare Program Immunizations Information
  • If you have any questions about this requirement contact Health Services

2. Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS), Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) checks conducted no more than six months prior to you attending the clinical practice. You must submit original documents. For more information, see Police Information Check

3. Proof of attendance at a Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) information session

4. A copy of your RRC photo identification

5. A copy of Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider (formerly BLS for Health Care Providers) - Level C (must be current within one year prior to you attending the practicum). The course must comply with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada guidelines.  

6. Proof of N95 mask fitting. Fittings will be arranged by the College. You will be responsible for any associated fees.

If you have any questions or concerns about practicum/entrance requirements please contact the Program Facilitator @

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Device Reprocessing Certificate you should be able to:

  • Communicate professionally and effectively with a variety of audiences using written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Work as a team member in a safe and ethical manner.
  • Practice quality assurance in all aspects of medical device reprocessing.
  • Prepare instruments and equipment for safe use by patients.
  • Perform effective decontamination of medical devices utilizing established cleaning processes and infection control practices.
  • Perform sterilization procedures by following established standards and evidence–based practices.
  • Organize inventory and supplies by practicing stock rotation and established storage procedures.
  • Apply technology utilizing a variety of specialized equipment
  • Follow laws, regulations, policies, and procedures as per facility and professional standards.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses and programs. For more information, see

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Graduation Requirements

You will not be granted more than 75% of credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. When you receive your certificate, you will be invited to participate in one of the College's semi-annual graduation ceremonies. For full details and forms, visit

Questions about graduation? Call 204-694-1789 or toll-free at 1-866-242-7073 for assistance. 

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

School of Continuing Education 
Attn: Full-time Program Support
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Tel: 204-632-2187

Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents to:
Staphnie Chuhai
Room F109, Notre Dame Campus

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

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