Medical Device Reprocessing (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramGraduates 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 InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
Program RequirementsCourses must be completed in sequence as offered with the exception of Medical Terminology and Human Relations.
How to ApplyStudents 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 www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo 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.
Learn more about PLAR.
Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Program Related Resources
- Apply knowledge of the principles of infection control and personal protection in the decontamination, packaging and sterilization of instruments and equipment.
- Perform decontamination procedures and practices for patient care equipment and surgical instruments.
- Prepare equipment and supplies of sterilization.
- Package instruments and supplies.
- Sterilize instruments and supplies
- Clean, check and prepare micro-instruments for sterilization.
- Identify predictable problems in the care and handling of instrumentation.
- Identify the principles of inventory control, sterile storage and distribution of supplies.
- Communicate effectively with co-workers.
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|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
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-Requisites: HEAL1360 or HEAL1361
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.
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.
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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.