The Medical Device Reprocessing Certificate is an 814-hour program that trains individuals to work in settings where knowledge of aseptic techniques, infection control, cleaning, sterilization, handling and storage of sterile supplies, perioperative duties, and patient transfer is required. The program includes a 400-hour practicum at accredited facilities. The course content prepares the graduates to write the exams for the Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT) Personnel Certification through the Canadian Standards Association, as well as the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), an international certifying agency.
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.
B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
A minimum grade of 60% in one of English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 (Technical and Professional Communications), or an equivalent Provincial Level ABE English course; or a minimum score of 24/40 (level 4) on the LPI (Language Proficiency Index) test. Note: Communications 12 is not acceptable.
Occupational First Aid Level I and CPR Level C certifications or Standard First Aid and CPR Level C (no more than 12 months before admission)
Applicants must undergo a medical screening to determine any pre-existing medical conditions that could be compromised by working in this field
Colour blindness test results from an Ishihara test cannot indicate colour blindness
Evidence of the following immunizations before admission: tetanus and diphtheria immunizations within the past 10 years, polio immunization (childhood series), and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) or rubella immunization
Evidence of a negative tuberculin skin test (no more than 6 months before admission) or evidence of appropriate follow-up if the test was positive
A vaccination for Hepatitis B (completed prior to starting MEDR 119 - Practicum)
Evidence of influenza immunization for the current influenza season (prior to starting MEDR 119 - Practicum)
Applicants must attend an orientation session.
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.
MSCW 110-51 hoursComputers in the WorkplaceA practical introduction to the use of Windows, word processing, spreadsheets and email.
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 113-36 hoursMicrobiology and Infection Control ConceptsOverview to material management, an introduction to microbiology, infection control, aseptic techniques and workplace environmental hazards.
MEDR 114-54 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 115-42 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 116-48 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 117-42 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 118-9 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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