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Medical Device Decontamination / Dí-éilliú Feistí Leighis

Course Title: Higher Certificate in Science Medical Device Decontamination

This is a level 6 Minor award. If you are under 23 years old on the 1st of January on the year of application you must have achieved Grade D3 in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish or a FETAC Level 5 qualification or equivalent unless otherwise stated. That is 5 subjects: O6/H7, English or Irish: O6/H7 and Mathematics: O6/H7, or better to apply for year one of this course.

Mature students over 23 (on the 1st of January on the year of application) are eligible. Applicants will already be employed in the RIMD decontamination units in hospitals. All applicants must have competence in written and spoken English. Generally, it is expected that the applicants will be working in hospitals or related sectors.

This course is for anyone working in the health, hospital and related sectors.

The major aims of the Higher Certificate course is to produce qualified and knowledgeable sterile service practitioners in a range of scientific, technological and quality activities in the health, hospital and related sectors.

The students will study a range of scientific technological and quality activities and services for health, hospital and related sectors.

Semester 1

  • Critical Skills Development
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Principles of Biology 1
  • Practical Skills -Microbiology

Semester 2

  • Principles of Human Anatomy
  • Information Technology
  • Introduction to Medical Devices in use in Healthcare
  • Principles of Physics
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Workplace Safety

Semester 3

  • Biodecontamination I -Labs RIMDs
  • Biodecontamination 1 RIMDs
  • Intro to Quality Systems
  • Validation of Sterilization Processes
  • Low Temperature Sterilisation

Semester 4

  • Biodecontamination II -Endoscopes
  • Biodecontamination 2-Endoscope labs
  • Primary Healthcare -Instrument Decontamination
  • Practical skills -Primary Care
  • Principles of Law
  • Ultra-sound probe decontamination

One full day a fortnight in college for two years. Some modules may be delivered in blended mode a combination of class contact and distance learning.

Applications now open - Apply Now

For queries on the application process please contact: or call the Lifelong Learning Team on: 01 220 7432

Students can choose to progress their studies at TU Dublin Tallaght and are eligible to apply for Bachelor of Science in Decontamination Management Year 3 (add on).

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate


2 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2023



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€2,800 per year

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