Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Program in Calgary

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Program Highlights

Here’s what you can expect from your education and career as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (MDRT):

  • The Profession of Central Services
  • Cleaning and Decontamination of Reusable Medical Devices
  • High Temperature Sterilization
  • Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Instrumentation and Complex Surgical Instruments
  • Inventory Control and Procurement
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Medical Device Reprocessing: What do MDRTs do?

Our Medical Device Reprocessing Program has recently undergone a name change, formerly called the Sterile Processing Technician program.

Medical device reprocessing technicians (MDRTs), also referred to as surgical processors or sterile processing technicians, perform essential sterilization services in the healthcare industry. MDRTs decontaminate, disinfect, store, prep, test and package surgical and medical equipment using proper sterilization methods and equipment.  

In addition, MDRTs are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing their work areas as well as inspecting and maintaining supplies used in surgery and other medical settings. To succeed in this role, one must be able to follow strict guidelines to ensure the safety of patients, themselves and their colleagues.  

MDRTs typically work in hospitals as part of the following: 

  • A surgical department 
  • Endoscopy unit team 
  • A central sterile processing area 

MDRTs may work independently or alongside other surgical processors, physicians, nurses and similar health care workers.

Get the Training You Need from Our Medical Device Reprocessing Course

Thanks to our partnership with Alberta Health Services, the health care industry trusts that ABES' MDRT program graduates are fully prepared for employment.

This 40-week program runs in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS). The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the necessary technical skills, employment preparation, and all other practical and essential skills needed for working in the field. To qualify for admission, students must have 2 years of post-secondary training in health care or life sciences.

With over 20 years of experience providing Calgary residents with the most current training and education in various medical fields, Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) stands out among the best medical technician schools in Calgary.

Career Opportunities

Your sterile processing technician training will help you land a career in the following locations: 

  • Hospital Central Processing Center

Did You Know That Alberta Health Services (AHS) Hires 96% of our MDRT Grads?

Gain the essential skills and accreditations to work in this specialized, in-demand position. MDRTs are crucial to the function of our hospitals and play a key role in keeping patients safe and healthy. 

AHS Practicum Placement

This sterile processing program includes 760 hours of instruction and 320 hours of practicum work experience.

Alberta Health Services has been involved with the Medical Device Reprocessing Program since 2008 and works in close partnership with ABES to ensure that the MDR program grows with the industry and surpasses expectations in terms of curriculum and quality of graduates.

As a result of their practicum, 96% of our graduates are hired by Alberta Health Services.

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What Our Students Have to Say

Trust the Process

Studying at ABES College has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. The instructors and staff are a top-rate as they want their students to do well and they are very supportive in every step of the way. I am very thankful for all the staff of ABES College as they have been a part of my successful journey and I wouldn't achieve what I have achieved without the caring environment. One piece of advice I would like to give to future students is "just trust the process!"

Angelyn P.

Great School

ABES College is a great school! If you want a career in health care this is the place to go. They have a great reputation with CLS and Alberta Health Services. They will give you everything you need to start in health care down to scrubs to wear. I would recommend anyone to take a program here. The staff and teachers really care about students. They will help you reach your goals.

Vicky B. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

ABES Prepares You For Employment

Graduates of this comprehensive Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) program will write the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) examination. Success in this exam is now a prerequisite to employment as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician in Alberta. ABES remains the only educational institution in Alberta to include the IAHCSMM designation during training. 

All staff working in medical device reprocessing must be certified before April 2015, and you can trust that our teachers and staff are best equipped to prepare students for the examination. 

Can I Qualify for Financial Aid?

At ABES, more than 95% of program applicants qualify for financial assistance automatically.  

Whether you have dependents, are new to Canada or have a high income, you will likely be eligible for financial aid to help you complete a life-changing certificate program with ABES.

If you have any questions, please reach out to an Admissions Advisor. Our team is happy to help guide you through this process.

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The ABES College Difference

What Makes ABES Different from Other Schools?

We stand out from other schools for 3 big reasons:
  • As a small, privately owned school, ABES guarantees hands-on training for every student.
  •  Unlike other schools, all our programs offer practicum in the Calgary area—making it easier for you to stay local. Many students get their first job offer while they’re still on practicum
  • Finally, we stand out for our extensive connections in the medical community. Thanks to our relationships with local healthcare facilities and other prominent employers, our graduates have an easy road to employment.

Program Highlights

Here's what you can expect to encounter in your education and career as an Addiction and Disability Community Support Worker:
  • Navigating human growth and childhood development
  • Working with individuals who have experienced trauma 
  • Understanding and promoting multiculturalism and diversity
  • Working with at-risk populations
  • Working with individuals experiencing addiction and mental health issues
  • Understanding and navigating through complex family dynamics
  • Developing the skills needed to interview and counsel your clients
  • Non-violent, non-escalating crisis intervention
  • Ethical practices and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Earning a Diploma certificate as a result of your education in all of these areas!

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Addiction and Disability Community Support Worker: What is the diploma program like, and what do CSWs do?

The short answer is that Community Support Workers work within communities and help people deal with the problems, both personal and social, that they are experiencing.
As a CSW, your day-to-day could include:
  • Assisting clients with discovering and utilizing resources within their communities, including legal services, medical resources, financial assistance, housing, employment support, transportation and mobility, helping with moving, child care, and any other referral based services.
  • Helping your clients to develop life skills through real world applications.
  • Under the supervision of social services or health care professionals, understanding and monitoring your client's substance abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and any other social service programs they may be a part of.
  • Administration and implementation of social assistance programs and community services that will enrich the lives of your clients.
  • Establish contact with social service workers and health care providers that also work with your clients to provide them with information and receive valuable feedback on the progress of your clients.
  • Help to arrange and organize volunteer activities involving human service agencies, health care facilities, and recreational organizations.
  • Working alongside individuals currently living in group homes or half-way houses, supervise their activities and support their pre-release and release planning.
Earning your diploma in the ABES Addiction and Disability Community Support Worker program provides you with a valuable set of skills that set you up for a successful, stable career. The best part about working as a CSW is the fact that your work contributes to helping members of your community and making it a better place for everyone.

Career Opportunities

Find a CSW career in the following fields and locations:

  • Addiction and Substance Support
  • Disability Focused Care Centers
  • Newcomer and Immigration Services Support
  • Family Place Worker
  • Homeless Shelters & Temporary Living
  • Women’s Shelters
  • Teen Pregnancy Support
  • Parenting Support
  • Foster Home Support
  • Community Access
  • Case Management
  • Adult and Age Care
  • One-to-One Support
  • General Support
  • Youth & Family Support

Potential Salary

Based on experience and employer.

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8 Week Practicum Placement

At 8 weeks, ABES offers one of the longest CSW practicums in Calgary!

Many diploma recipients secure their first career position because of the experience gained during their practicum.

Your practicum gives you the real-world experience that employers seek, and allows you to network with peers and potential employers while builidng skills.

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