Steps in the Registration Process for Internationally Educated Medical Radiation Technologist. (IEMRT)
Assessment and Registration Process
An individual who has successfully completed an educational program in medical radiation technology outside of Canada is considered an IEMRT. In order to work as a medical radiation technologist (MRT) in Nova Scotia, you must be registered with the NSAMRT. The path to successful registration for IEMRTs differs from Canadian Educated MRTs as individual assessment of education and skills must be done to ensure all registrants meet the entrance to practice standards set out in Canada.
The IEMRT must first determine in which province they wish to practice as the pathway to registration differs in each province. IEMRTs seeking to become registered in Nova Scotia will follow one of three pathways as laid out below.
Pathway 1: If they are working and hold a current practising certificate of registration in one of the specialties of medical radiation technology in another Canadian provinces or territories you are eligible for registration under the labour mobility provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. IEMRTs currently working as a MRT in the provinces listed below must have the MRT regulator send a CFTA form and follow the application process for an MRT from another regulated Canadian jurisdiction;
Quebec (except for MRI)
Pathway 2: IEMRTs working in any other Canadian province or territory as a MRT, or Quebec for MRI, must demonstrate they have been assessed by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and met entrance requirements to practice. If you have successfully been assessed by CAMRT and successfully written the CAMRT national exam follow the standard registration process .
Pathway 3: IEMRTs who are seeking initial registration as a MRT in Canada should contact NSAMRT to have their English language proficiency, and legal eligability to work in Canada assessed. Evidence of English language fluency is required if MRT educational program, that is both theory and clinical components, were not conducted in English. An original copy of language test results is required. NSAMRT follows the same English proficieny benchmarks as CAMRT, please use link for full details on enlish testing requirements. Once NSAMRT approves the applicant has meet these criteria they will refer them to the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) to have their good character assessment and academic and clinical credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency and to access the national competency exam.
Timelines for Registration
For IEMRTs that have been employed as an MRT in another Canadian province or territory and that have already successfully written the CAMRT entrance to practice exam the registration process usually takes 1-2 weeks (Pathways 1 & 2). For those seeking licensing for the first time in Canada, (Pathway #3) we have outlined the application and assesment process below. Applicants should contact NSAMRT at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process. The initial assessment through NSAMRT typically takes 1-4 weeks if adequate documentation is received. Once NSAMRT approves initial criteria they will refer applicant to CAMRT for academic and clinical assessment, this process is outlined below.
IEMRT Assessment Process through CAMRT
Applicants are encouraged to review the assessment process and timelines in detail on the CAMRT website. CAMRT also has an extensive collection of resources for assessment of credentials and help to prepare IEMRTs for writing the national certification exam. Application and required documents must be submitted a minimum of 3 months prior to national exam date to allow time for assessment. National competency exam is offered 3 times each year in January, May and September.
IEMRT appicants must fill out an application form and submit required documents to CAMRT. CAMRT’s Manager of Certification and assessment committee reviews submitted documents to determine if they demonstrate substantially similar content and expectation with entrance to practice competency profile for Canadian graduates. If proper documentation is submitted process of assessment is expected to take less than 3 months. Documents that must be submitted include;
- Application form
- Non-refundable assessment fee of $300
- Verification of completion of a medical radiation technology program in one of the following disciplines: radiological technology, nuclear medicine technology, magnetic resonance, radiation therapy. A diploma or degree certificate (notarized copy) is required.
- An official transcript of marks from your education program in medical radiation technology (notarized copy).
- Curriculum or course outline of your medical radiation technology program indicating the amount of time spent in both the theoretical and clinical components of your program. The curriculum or course outline must provide a:
- Detailed list of courses and a description of the content of each course (photocopy of education institution syllabus)
- Description of how you were evaluated on both the theory and clinical components of the program
- A Clinical Assessment Checklist of work experience following graduation from education program. Work experience must be within the past five (5) years in the discipline in which you are applying.
Confirmation of employment letter from your most recent or current employer. This letter must be written on the letterhead used by the institution and must confirm your last date of employment, and number of practice hours.
- A reference regarding your practice as a medical radiation technologist. The letter must supply employer’s contact information; e-mail or paper accepted. If you are a recent graduate with little or no work experience and you cannot provide an employment letter, your credentials will be considered for assessment and eligibility to write the CAMRT exam within 5 years from the date of your graduation.
- Evidence of registration with an association / society / regulatory body for the specific discipline, if you are registered.
- Letter of reference attesting your good character from someone who has known you for a minimum of two (2) years. The referee must sign the letter, print their name, and provide contact information.
- Relevant evidence of continuing professional development activities.
- Description of types of:
Equipment used (will vary as per discipline – indicate both analog & digital)
Settings where procedures/treatments were performed during the clinical component of your program ( i.e. imaging department, operating room, emergency, hospitals, clinics)
Patients on whom procedures were performed (i.e. adult, pediatric, geriatric, trauma)
Applicants will receive a decision stating if thier assesment meet Canadian equvalency or not. IEMRT's assessed as meeting requiments are eligible to apply to write the CAMRT certification exam.If they do not meet the eligibility requirements the reasons to support this decision will be provided. For those eligable information is provided on the process to apply to write the exam and resources available including process to apply for and special needs accomodation required for the exam. The exam is offered three times each year in January, May and September.
IEMRTs have five years from the last or most recent date of employment or graduation as a medical radiation technologist to complete all the requirements to become registered.
NSAMRT also offers an academic program in nuclear medicine and radiography which can help an individual to prepare for the competency based national entrance exam. For more information on the availability of these courses please email email@example.com or use provided link.
Below are fees an IEMRT can expect to pay to become a licensed MRT in Nova Scotia.
- Non-refundable assessment fee of $300
- National Certification Exam Fee $840
- Exam center fee $172.97
- CAMRT registration fee $225
- NSAMRT application fee $100
- NSAMRT registration fee $450
In addition IEMRTs may require other services which they must cover costs of. This includes but is not limited to;
- Translation of documents
- Language proficiency testing
- Notorization of documents
- Bridging programs/courses
Please Note: The process of document assessment can begin prior to arriving in Canada. Applicants can contact NSAMRT and begin the assesment process from anywhere in the world thus shortening the time between arriving in Canada and being licensed to work as an MRT.
Access Health Careers Canada
Nova Scotia Immigration
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Nova Scotia Start
Fair Registration Practices Review Office
International Qualification Recognition (IQR)
Forum of Labour Market Ministers