The 814-hour Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate provides students with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (MDRT).
The program includes theory, demonstrations, practical skill training in the classroom, and a 400-hour supervised practicum at accredited facilities. Topics include: decontamination, cleaning, processing, assembly, sterilization, storage, and distribution of surgical instruments and medical devices within a quality assurance framework. Students will learn and demonstrate the handling and packaging of over 100 basic surgical instruments.
Graduates of the Okanagan College Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate are qualified to write the Canadian Standards Association Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Personnel certification exam as well as an international certifying agency exam, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material management (IAHCSMM).
Practicum experiences are an integral component of this program. Locations are throughout the province. Okanagan College will assign the placement. While every effort will be made to accommodate a student's preference for locations of practicum experiences, Okanagan College reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of any placement. All agencies and institutions serving as practicum sites must be approved by Okanagan College. Okanagan College reserves the right to change a student's practicum placement. The student has the right to be informed in writing of the reasons for a change in placement.
Practicum host sites may require students to work all shifts and therefore, students must plan to make the necessary time adjustments with daycare, part-time employment or other commitments.
Students must arrange for their own transportation to and from practicum sites. Travel and accommodation expenses associated with practicum experiences are entirely the student's responsibility. Attendance at practicum sites is mandatory.
A student may be denied a practicum if their preparatory work is deemed unsatisfactory or if their participation in a practicum puts the receiving agency or its clients at unreasonable risk. A student may be required to withdraw from a practicum on the basis of poor performance or poor attendance in a practicum setting, or if the state of her/his health impairs ability to perform competently or poses a potential risk to the practicum host or its clients.
A student may be suspended from a practicum site if her/his behaviour contravenes that of the established code of conduct for the site or if her/his behaviour is deemed to compromise the normal functioning of the practicum site.
Students must pass the practicum and attain a minimum grade of 70% in all other courses in the program.
MEDR 110-48 hoursAnatomy and PhysiologyThis introductory course develops the learner’s understanding of the basic structure and functions of selected organs and systems in the human body. Medical terminology and pathology are introduced.
MEDR 111-48 hoursHuman Workplace RelationsDesigned to develop the learner's interpersonal skills and their understanding and application of teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, conflict resolution, patient relations, death and dying, health care delivery systems, and legal, moral and ethical aspects of health care.
MEDR 112-36 hoursIntroduction to Medical TerminologyStudy of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots from which most medical terms are derived. Introduction to abbreviations is also included.
MEDR 113-42 hoursMicrobiology and Infection Control ConceptsOverview to material management, an introduction to microbiology, infection control, aseptic techniques and workplace environmental hazards.
MEDR 114-66 hoursDecontamination Procedures and Recommended PracticesIntroduction to decontamination, structural requirements, dress code, workflow, cleaning and disinfecting, including various types of equipment used, and collection and transportation of used materials and surgical instruments.
MEDR 115-48 hoursPackaging Instruments and Patient Care EquipmentIntroduction to packaging materials, labeling, shelf life, hand-held surgical instruments, power instruments, surgical instruments inspection parameters, and patient care equipment.
MEDR 116-54 hoursSterilization Concepts and TechniquesKey principles of steam and dry heat, factors affecting sterilization cycle, lot controls, air powered instruments, ethylene oxide, and chemical sterilization.
MEDR 117-60 hoursQuality Assurance and Introduction to Surgical InstrumentationIn this course Quality and Quality Control are explained as well as how a Quality Program is documented. The technician's role and practices in the Quality Assurance System is also identified. The basic categories of surgical instruments and how they function are addressed, and there is some hands-on with basic instruments. Also addressed are specialty instruments and inventory replenishing.
MEDR 118-12 hoursMEDR WorkshopThis course provides basic training in skills and techniques as preparation for work in the health industry.
MEDR 119-400 hoursPracticumThis supervised experience provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate the theory into practice at one of several accredited practicum sites. During this hands-on experience, the students will gain further insights, awareness and knowledge of the working setting.
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