A device and method for loading a self expanding stent into a deployment tool is disclosed. The device includes an outer tube and a constricting sheath having a stent delivery end and a stent receiving opening opposite thereto. The stent receiving opening is shaped and sized to receive a self expanding stent aligned along the axis and in its expanded state. A funnel, positioned within the constricting sheath, is shaped for collapsing the self expanding stent before loading the stent into the space of the outer tube. An inserter is used to engage and urge the expanded stent into the constricting sheath as the inserter moves towards and into the funnel of the constricting sheath.