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Medical Device Reprocessing (Part-time)

Program Code:
Continuing Education

About the Program

Graduates of this part-time program will acquire the knowledge and skills for career opportunities in hospitals, surgical centres and health care settings related to the sterilization, preparation and storage of equipment, instruments and supplies. Students will learn critical techniques in safe handling of instrumentation, infection control and aseptic techniques. All theory courses are delivered online.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Courses must be completed in sequence as offered with the exception of Medical Terminology and Human Relations.

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
HEAL1320 Microbiology and Infection Control
Description: This course introduces the Sterile Processing Technician to the sterile processing environment, microbiology, infection control, aseptic technique and workplace environmental hazards. Recommended pre-requisite is Medical Terminolgy, OLRN1641
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
HEAL1330 Identification, Care and Handling of Instrumentation
Description: The student will learn instrument classification, specifics of proper handling techniques and recognition of common problems related to instrument usage.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN1640 or OLRN1641, HEAL1320 or HEAL1321
HEAL1340 Decontamination Principles, Procedures and Practices
Description: Students will learn the principles of decontamination including instrument/equipment disassembly, various methods of cleaning/disinfection, use of decontamination equipment (automated), proper workflow, standard precautions and the safe handling of sharps and medical bio-hazardous waste materials.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAL1330 or HEAL1331
HEAL1350 Assembly, Wrapping and Packaging of Instrumentation, Supplies and Patient Care Equipment
Description: This course introduces students to the proper techniques for the assembly, wrapping and/or packaging of surgical instruments, supplies and patient care equipment.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: HEAL1340 or HEAL1341
HEAL1360 Disinfection and Sterilization Concepts and Techniques
Description: The proper sterilization of medical devices, surgical instruments, supplies and equipment utilized in direct patient care and surgery is a critical aspect of the modern health care delivery system and directly impacts patient safety. Sterilization is a complex process, it's imperative technicians involved in the reprocessing and sterilization of medical devices have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methods of sterilization utilized in today's health care settings. In this course many of these principles will be introduced and common sterilization processes will be compared and evaluated.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAL1350 or HEAL1351
HEAL1370 Sterile Storage, Inventory Control and Management of Resources
Description: This course provides an introduction to sterile storage, inventory control distribution systems including the case cart system, portering and stock rotation.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: HEAL1360 or HEAL1361
OLRN1226 Human Relations
Description: What makes people tick...and how to keep them going. Human Relations will improve your understanding of people. Students will discuss motivation, handling conflict, delegation, building morale, and more. Studying these topics will give you practical insights into handling people more effectively and improve your overall performance.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
OLRN1641 Medical Terminology
Description: Develop the language required to communicate effectively in a medical setting. Medical terminology, word structure as well as diagnostic procedures and pharmacology related to twelve body systems will be studied.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Lindsay Vanderhout,, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2316

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