A bridging program provides internationally educated medical radiation technologists (IEMRTs) the knowledge, skills and judgment specific to the practice of Medical Radiation Technology in the context of the Canadian health care system to:
- prepare to write the national certification exam
- meet the requirements for provincial registration and national certification
- successfully transition to the workforce
A bridging program will assess and evaluate the unique needs of IEMRTs, recognize prior knowledge and experience, and support IEMRTs from initial interest to employment thus preparing the IEMRT for safe and effective practice in a Canadian health care environment.
Bridging Programs in Canada
Michener Institute – Toronto, Ontario
Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Health Professionals
If you were qualified as a health professional in any country outside Canada, you may be eligible to enroll with Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Radiological Technologists to assist you in certification and registration within Canada. Based on the decision given by the College of Medical Radiation Technology of Ontario (CMRTO) following an evaluation of your application, you may apply to this program. The bridging program is designed specifically for IEHP’s for successful outcomes on the certification exam. The program is 4 months (15 weeks) in length and is offered on weekends and evenings. You will receive core theory components, simulated laboratory experience and obtain through preparation to write the CAMRT certification exam. A one week Observership at a local hospital is also included in the program. (Please note that the Observership is not a clinical placement).
For more information, please contact the Michener Institute at 416-596-3101 ext. 3147 or ext. 3178, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) – Edmonton, Alberta
NAIT’s Medical Radiological Technology Bridging Program will provide tools to assess and enhance the practical readiness of internationally-educated medical radiological (x-ray) technologists for the Alberta workplace. The Bridging Program will promote high standards of practice in the Medical Radiation Technology (MRT) profession in Alberta while helping integrate foreign workers into the workplace. Internationally-educated x-ray technologists eligible to work in Alberta will be able to access the Bridging Program on a user-pay basis to assess their readiness for Canadian certification and Alberta licensure.
Internationally-educated x-ray technologists will be clinically tested to verify their knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet Alberta’s and Canada’s standards of practice. If gaps are identified during the clinical skills assessment, remediation will be available to help develop necessary skills. NAIT’s Bridging Program will offer the entire package of clinical assessment, remediation, and skills development.
MRT is a regulated profession in Alberta under the Health Professions Act. In order to practice radiography in Alberta, technologists must be licensed by the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT). ACMDTT is able to review an internationally-educated x-ray technologist’s educational program, language proficiency, character, and work experience. However, there is currently no mechanism to objectively evaluate the technologist’s clinical skills with respect to Alberta’s and Canada’s standards. Once an internationally-educated x-ray technologist is reviewed by ACMDTT and his or her documentation is accepted, the technologist will be eligible for NAIT’s Bridging Program. ACMDTT’s Registration Committee will determine the appropriate courses for the technologist to access in the Bridging Program, and the technologist will then register and complete the courses, undergo the clinical assessment, followed by necessary remediation and skills development, as required.
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