PART-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS MEDDP-CT Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

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  • Certificate program
  • 240-hour (six-week) clinical practicum
  • Available by classroom delivery, some courses are available by distance delivery
  • Available on a full-time basis
Due to limited demand, the part-time program is currently not offering any courses. Please refer to for information about the full-time program.


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, MDRs play a vital role providing support to patient care services in hospitals and clinical settings. 

You must complete the program within 32 months. 

You must complete a Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) session prior to registering for the MDR-Clinical Practice.

Note: Clinical practicum placements cannot be guaranteed as spaces are limited and available on a fluctuating basis. There may be a waiting period for practicum registrations and placements.

Immunizations and Testing

Admission Requirements

 Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12

Applicants with international credentials must have a Canadian Equivalency Evaluation. Academic credential documents must be submitted to:

School of Continuing Education
Aynsley Kuntz 
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Tel: 204-632-3792

English Language Proficiency Requirements
English is the language of instruction at the College. Applicants to the College are responsible for a level of English proficiency that is sufficient to participate in all aspects of College study, including lectures, reading, writing and discussion.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not successfully completed a Manitoba Grade 12 English or equivalent will be required to meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

a. Canadian Language Benchmark Level 7 in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking
b. TOEFL – a minimum of 550 (CBT-213).
c. CanTEST - a minimum band level of 4.5 in Reading and Listening, and 4.0 in Speaking and Writing.
d. IELTS – a minimum overall band of 6.5 in Reading, Listening, and Speaking with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing.
e. MELAB – a minimum final score of 80 with a minimum of 77 in Writing.
f. CAEL – a minimum overall result of 60 with a minimum of 60 in Writing.
g. Successful completion of AEPUCE (Academic English Program for University and College Entrance) offered through the University of Manitoba and Red River College. See College Policy C13.

To make an appointment to complete the Canadian Benchmark Assessment, contact Red River College's Language Training Centre at 204-945-6151.

Computer skills
You will need to be 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 strongly recommended that you complete Computers - Intro (COMP-1081) prior to beginning the program.

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 )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

Those seeking a challenging career in a health care environment.

Program Outline

You must successfully complete nine courses to earn a certificate.

Program Content:

  • MDR: Medical Terminology -  C/D
  • MDR: Safety - C (Winter term)
  • MDR: Microbiology and Infection Control - C (Spring term)
  • MDR: Decontamination - C (Fall term)
  • MDR: Instrumentation/Packaging - C (Winter term)
  • MDR: Sterilization - C (Spring term)
  • MDR: Transportation and Storage - C (Fall term)
  • MDR: Professional Practice - C (Winter term)
  • *MDR: Practicum - C (Spring term)

Please note, standard program progression may be subject to change

*For additional information and Practicum requirements, please see "CO-OP/Practicum Information"


  • C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery
  • C - Classroom Delivery
  • D - Distance Delivery

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.

MEDL-1044MDR - Instrumentation / Packaging
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Learn how to properly prepare medical devices for safe use. 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.

Students enrolling in Part-Time and Online Education courses may be required to purchase textbooks and materials at participating Campus Store locations or online at Student booklists will be available approximately 3 weeks prior to scheduled course start dates. Please ensure materials are purchased in advance, to be available for the start date.

Note: Courses requiring a textbook will show "TR" in the Delivery field.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The MDR-Practicum provides you with the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills you learned in the theory courses. You are eligible for practicum after successfully completing all theory courses and the practicum requirements.

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. 

To be eligible for MDR - Practicum, you must submit the following a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to clinical practicum:

1. Immunizations and Testing

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

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 PHIA information session  

4. Copy of your RRC Photo Identification 

5. Copy of a Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider (formerly BLS for Health Care Providers) - Level C (must be current within one (1) 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. You are responsible for arranging an N95 mask fitting with a reputable Health And Safety organization. You will be responsible for any associated fees.

If you have any questions or concerns about practicum/program progression requirements or document submission please contact the Program Facilitator @  

Note: Placements cannot be guaranteed as spaces are limited and available on a fluctuating basis. There may be a waiting period for practicum registrations and placements.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

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 using 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 using 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/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduation Requirements

You must complete your part-time program within 32 months from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline.
You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details and forms, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 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.

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