Program Highlights

Here's what you can expect to encounter in 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; it was formerly called the Sterile Processing Technician program.
What to expect from the ABES MDRT Program:
This 40-week program runs in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS). The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Program is designed to provide students with the necessary technical skills, employment preparation skills, as well as all other practical and essential skills necessary for working in the field. Students must have 2 years Post-Secondary training in Health Care or Life Sciences to qualify for admission.
With over 20 years of experience in providing Calgary residents with the most current training and education in various medical fields, Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) stands out among the very best medical technician schools in Calgary. 

Career Opportunities

Find a MDRT career in the following fields and 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.

Potential Salary

$23.09 / Hour Median

Based on experience and employer.

*2021 data from

AHS Practicum Placement

The program contains 760 hours of instruction combined with 320 hours of practicum work experience. 

Alberta Health Services has been involved with the Medical Reprocessing Technician Program since 2008, and works in close cooperative partnership with Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) to ensure that the MDRT program grows with the industry, and surpasses expectations in terms of curriculum and quality of graduates.

Alberta Health Services provides our students with a practicum, and as a result 96% of our graduates are hired by Alberta Health Services following their practicum experience.

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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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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 pre-requisite to employment as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician in Alberta, and 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 prior to April 2015; and our teachers and staff are best-equipped to prepare students for the examination.

Can I Qualify for Financial Aid?

Yes! More than 95% of applicants qualify for financial aid.

Many applicants—such as those with children, those who didn’t work last year, and those who recently arrived in Canada—will qualify for free grants automatically, and even those with a high income will usually qualify for some aid.

In short: if you’re worried about the cost of the program, schedule a time to chat with an Admissions Advisor. They can help give you a better idea of how much financial aid you will qualify for.

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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.