Canadian-Educated Applicant (CEA) | Nova Scotia College of MIRTP

Canadian-Educated Applicant

New graduates of an accredited Canadian MIRTP program should follow this application process (this includes those that have recently written the national exam and those still waiting to write the exam). Please scroll down to bottom of page to read additional conditions related to new graduates. A full list of accredited programs is available through CAMRT and Sonography Canada.

Medical imaging or radiation therapy professionals currently working in any of the unregulated provinces, should also follow this application process. Unregulated provinces include:

  • Newfoundland

  • Prince Edward Island (DMS only)

  • Manitoba

  • British Columbia

  • Territories

  • New Brunswick (DMS only)

  • Quebec (MRI and DMS only)

  • Alberta (DMS only)

  • Saskatchewan (DMS only)

If you are currently registered to work in a regulated Canadian province, please follow this link to the regulated section application process.

STEPS IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS

Please note there are some additional directions for those who have recently graduated seeking a new grad license at the end of this section.

1. Application for registration

Complete an online application and submit supporting documentation (see below). The application is a legal document. You must answer all sections completely and accurately. Please read this page before starting an application. Unless indicated, all supporting documentation may be uploaded electronically.

2. Compile required supporting documentation

Applicants for registration must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following registration requirements:

a) Proof of completion of an accredited MRT or DMS program uploaded with your application.

  • An official transcript from the Canadian accredited program or

  • A picture of your degree/diploma or

  • An original letter sent from the institution of study verifying completion

b) Proof of successful completion of National Licensing Exam in respective discipline.

The National Entrance to Practice Exam is a mandatory requirement of registration with the NSCMIRTP. The examination assures that all individuals entering the profession of medical imaging or radiation therapy have met a minimum standard in the written application of academic knowledge and professional behavior. This exam is administered by either the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technology (CAMRT) or Sonography Canada.

*If you have not yet successfully challenged this exam, please contact CAMRT or Sonography Canada to apply for the next exam sitting before completing this application.

  • A copy of your exam result or certificate is required as evidence that you have successfully completed the exam. Or proof that you are registered to write the next sitting of the national exam. Documentation may be uploaded with your application as a JPEG or PDF.

C) Proof of Identity

Your full legal name must be provided on your application along with preferred name used in practice, if different. Both names will appear on the NSCMIRTP's public registry, but all documents from NSCMIRTP will be issued in your legal name.

  • Government issued photo ID. This can be uploaded as a photo with your application.
    *You must list all names that you have practiced under.
    *If any of the documents in your application were issued under a previous name, you must include an official document (such as a marriage license) that verifies your name change.

D) Eligibility to work in Canada

To be employed as a medical imaging or radiation therapy professional in Nova Scotia, you must have legal authorization to work in Canada. Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and individuals with Canadian work permits have the right to work in Canada.

  • Official documentation includes a copy of a Canadian birth certificate, or a Canadian passport, or proof of landed immigrant resident status, or copy of a valid work permit. Documentation may be uploaded with your application as a PDF.

E) Demonstration of good conduct

The NSCMIRTP has an obligation to protect the public and needs to be satisfied that applicants do not pose a danger to patients and families. At the time of initial application you must provide a vulnerable sector check (VSC). Please note this process may take several weeks so applicants should request a VSC a month before they plan on beginning to work to prevent and delays in licensing. Some police departments require a form from the regulators to conduct the VSC. Here are the forms for MRTs and DMSs.

You are required to declare any of the following:

  1. Any disciplinary finding as an MIRTP or in another profession in any Canadian province.

  2. Conviction(s) of a criminal, drug or traffic offense, excluding minor traffic offenses, such as parking or speeding.

  3. Any finding of liability in a civil proceeding.

  4. If you are currently under criminal investigation or have a pending criminal or civil court date.

  • A self-declaration must be made on your application. If you answer yes to any of the declarations, the NSCMIRTP will ask you to send more information, such as a transcript of the criminal record. The NSCMIRTP will review all information submitted to determine eligibility for licencing and, if applicable, to determine if conditions should be imposed on your licence.

  • Where applicable, a Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) certificate, from the most recent MIRTP organization you have been registered or licensed with in the past 10 years. If there is an area of concern identified by your previous regulator, you will be contacted by NSCMIRTP. You will be asked to provide more information regarding the nature and timing of the offense or concern, and how the issue has been managed or resolved. Your eligibility for licensing will depend on the nature, timing, and severity of the issue.

F) Currency

Practicing medical imaging and radiation therapy is important to maintain your skills and keep up to date with changes in practice. Applicants require active practice in the past 5 years.

  • This requirement is met if you have graduated from an approved MIRTP program in the past 5 years.

  • Current/recent employer information must be entered on the application form. If deemed necessary, the NSCMIRTP's Registrar may request a letter or record of employment from an employer in the past 5 years stating your period of employment as an MIRTP and the hours you worked each year.

G) Proof of Professional Liability Insurance (PLI)

In accordance with PLI Policy, each applicant must present evidence they carry personal liability insurance. Each policy must contain limits of a minimum of $2,000,000 per claim/$5,000,000 aggregate.

  • This proof can be in the form of a copy of an insurance card/policy. Confirmation of PLI will be required upon annual renewal of registration. A registrant shall at any time, upon request of the Registrar, provide proof of personal liability in the form of a copy of insurance card and/or policy within 14 calendar days of request. Applicants can purchase PLI policies through a private provider, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation technologists (CAMRT), Sonography Canada (SC), or Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS). If you are licensed as an MRT and a DMS, one policy will cover both areas of practice.

3.Payment of fees

The annual NSCMIRTP registration fee is $450, and the initial application fee is $100. Payment may be made by cheque, credit card or money order, payable to the NSCMIRTP, in Canadian funds. During the annual renewal process, you can choose to have subsequent NSCMIRTP dues collected via payroll deduction. This option is only available to NSHA or IWK permanent and term employees.

Canadian Educated New Grad

Applicants that have recently graduated from an accredited Canadian program and are waiting to write the national entry to practice exam, or awaiting results, are eligible for a provisional license. Applicants should follow the same process as listed above with the following modifications:

  • When asked to upload evidence of passing the national entry to practice exam, upload evidence of registration to write the national exam instead.

  • Upload a signed letter of acknowledgement for supervision requirement.

  • When asked for evidence of graduating from an accredited program if you have not yet received your diploma or transcript has not yet been updated to reflect completion we will also accept a letter from the director or dean of your program stating that all components of the program have been successfully completed. For those graduating from Dal SHS the director will send a full list of graduating students therefore you just need to upload a document saying letter will be sent by SHS Director.

  • For PLI number you have the option of purchasing private insurance or purchasing it through the national association.

    For CAMRT you would select a temporary practice memberships for Nova Scotia. You can do this by by completing the form available on their website under ‘Membership’ than ‘Categories and Dues’ and than selecting ‘Temporary Practice’.

  • For Sonography Canada they do not have an automated process for new grads seeking PLI. You need to contact them directly and explain that you are seeking new grad conditional licensing in Nova Scotia, and have registered for the next exam but have not yet written it and need PLI.

Once exam results are made available, those that have passed should upload exam results to their registration profile. Once received, your license will be switched over to a full practice license. Please Note: If you fail the entry to practice exam your provisional license will be revoked and you will no longer be able to practice as a MIRTP in Nova Scotia until such time as you have passed the entry to practice exam.

REMEMBER

You cannot begin working as an MIRTP in Nova Scotia until you have received notice from the NSCMIRTP that your application has been approved. Applications may require up to 10 business days to be processed.

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