Value of a Certificate Program
A certificate program provides a mechanism to demonstrate knowledge and competence in a specialized area of practice, promotes standards of excellence and identifies those who have met a high level of competence and a nationally recognized standard.
The programs provide an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development, a credential that is sought by employers, and a means to enhance credibility and accountability as a team member.
Certificate Programs are educational opportunities for MRTs to enhance theoretical and clinical skills. Each program consists of a didactic and a clinical component. Candidates having successfully met the eligibility requirements may register for the clinical component.
The certificate programs do not certify an individual to work as a MRT in Canada. See the Certification section of the website for more information on how to become certified in Canada.
Beginning January 2019, further changes outlined below will be in effect for new and existing candidates.
Breast Imaging 1 and Breast Imaging 2 Courses
The existing Mammography 1 and Mammography 2 courses are being phased out and replaced with the newly developed Breast Imaging 1 and Breast Imaging 2 full-length courses.
The Breast Imaging courses will provide comprehensive coverage of current mammography practice, adjunctive imaging modalities, and address advances in technology, including breast tomosynthesis.
Breast Imaging 1 and Breast Imaging 2 will be available beginning Winter 2019.
Mammography 1 and Mammography 2 Courses
The last offering of Mammography 1 & 2 will be Fall 2018.
No full-length registration or challenge exam will be available for Mammography 1 and Mammography 2 after Fall 2018. Only rewrite exams for those who qualify will be available.
As of January 2021, Mammography 1 and Mammography 2 will no longer be accepted as pre-requisites for the CBIS – Certificate in Breast Imaging–Screening or CBID – Certificate in Breast Imaging–Diagnostic programs.
Effective January 2019:
For Certificate in Breast Imaging – Screening prerequisite requirements will consist of 2 full-length courses and one Quick Self Study (QSS):
QSS – Breast Cancer Overview must be completed within the 5 years preceding the candidate’s CBIS program expiration date.
To be eligible to use these courses towards the Certificate Program, 75% or higher is required on the final examination for each full-length course, and the post quiz for the QSS.
For Certificate in Breast Imaging – Diagnostic prerequisite requirements will consist of 3 full-length courses:
Imaging Breast Pathology must be completed within the 5 years preceding the candidate’s CBID program expiration date.
To be eligible to use these courses towards the Certificate Program, 75% or higher is required on the final examination for each full-length course.
Starting January 2020, experience requirements will be part of the CBI programs.
For the CBIS – Certificate in Breast Imaging – Screening, the candidate will require a minimum of 1450 hours as a practicing mammography technologist over the 3 years preceding entry into the CBIS program.
For the CBID – Certificate in Breast Imaging – Diagnostic, the candidate will require a minimum of 1750 hours as a practicing mammography technologist over the 3 years preceding entry into the CBID program.
CBI Program Timeline
After January 2021, the CBI programs will require that all prerequisite courses be completed within the 5-year period preceding the candidates’ entry into the CBIS or CBID program.
For more information please refer to the CBI handbooks on the CAMRT website https://www.camrt.ca/professional-development/certificate-programs/certificate-in-breast-imaging-screening/ or https://www.camrt.ca/professional-development/certificate-programs/certificate-in-breast-imaging-diagnostic-cbid/
The CTIC program is undergoing revisions. Changes are scheduled to take effect Fall 2020.
The CTIC program provides a mechanism for radiological technologists and nuclear medicine technologists to demonstrate enhanced knowledge and competence in computed tomography. It is a nationally recognized standard and identifies those who have consistently demonstrated a high-level of competence.
The program is being revised considering changes to the entry-to-practice requirements and to ensure the program continues to reflect current and emerging practice, providing MRTs an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and gain recognition for their clinical expertise in CT imaging.
One of the changes coming to the program is a Sectional Anatomy Exam.
The sectional anatomy components currently found in the CT 2 and CT 3 courses will be removed from the courses and will instead be provided as a self-directed study/exam. This approach takes into consideration the varying degrees of knowledge already attained by MRTs entering the program and provides flexibility for learners to work through the content at their own pace.* In addition, the CT 2 and CT 3 courses will have room to grow and reflect the highest level of learning, providing more depth and breadth in content.
This new sectional anatomy requirement will be a prerequisite for CT 2 and CT 3 courses. It will be delivered in a self-directed format and will be accompanied by a study guide, recommended textbooks and sample exam questions.
Please continue to check our e-news for updates on the CTIC program revisions.
*Full length sectional anatomy courses will be available for those who prefer more guidance and instruction.
- CHANGES TO DOSIMETRY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM – EFFECTIVE 2019
Effective 2019, the CDC program will undergo new changes to enhance the program and fit the needs of the medical dosimetrist.
Successful completion of Dosimetry 1 with a minimum mark of 75%, must have occurred within 5 years of the CDC registration date. The 5-year timeline allowed to complete all program requirements begins with the successful completion of Dosimetry 2. Eligibility requirement for the CDC registration will be 75% or more on the examinations for both Dosimetry 1 and 2. This change will come into effect as of January 1, 2019.
Research Proposal Component
For this requirement, the candidate must complete a detailed research proposal directly related to dosimetry. This replaces the previous requirement for a full research paper submission. CAMRT recommends the candidate to carry out the research project and submit their paper for publication. However, these steps are NOT required. This change also applies to the candidates currently in progress with the CDC program should they choose to complete the research project in lieu of the project. Complete details will be posted in the 2019 Program Handbook, available in January 2019.
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- CHANGES IN INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY COURSE – NEW PREREQUISITE
Effective Winter 2018 a PREREQUISITE challenge exam in vascular anatomy will be required by all candidates prior to taking the Interventional Radiology 1 course. This vascular anatomy exam will become a mandatory requirement to IR 1 due to a major revision where the anatomy content has been greatly reduced, more pathology added as well as the addition of the role of the IR technologist. Therefore, anyone planning to take Interventional Radiology 1 in Winter 2018 must register for and complete this prerequisite exam in Fall 2017.Read More
The CAMRT Certificate Programs are available to:
- CAMRT full practice members
- Non-members who have been certified by CAMRT
- Internationally educated medical radiation technologists (IEMRTs) who are graduates of medical radiation technology programs*
* See Program Handbook for required documentation PRIOR to starting the clinical component.
Each Certificate Program has two components and successful completion of both is required.
- Didactic – full length / QSS courses
- Clinical – Summary of Clinical Competence for assessment of clinical skills and decision making
Clinical Advisors/Delegated Assessors
All CAMRT certificate programs require the candidate to have a clinical advisor for the clinical component of the program.