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Medical Radiation Technologist

Medical radiation technologists may apply ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation, and other forms of energy to produce diagnostic images. They then evaluate the technical sufficiency of the images. They may also use those forms of energy for treatment purposes. They assess the medical condition and needs of patients before, during, and after procedures.


Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT)
Suite 800
4445 Calgary Trail
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5R7

Call: 780-487-6130
Toll-free: 1-800-282-2165



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf] ], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) is mandatory. Only registered members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members who provide services to the public

Only those members can use the protected titles and initials of the specialties included in the medical radiation technologist (MRT) register:

  • Radiological technologist or MRT (R)
  • Nuclear medicine technologist or MRT (NM)
  • Radiation therapist or MRT (T)
  • Magnetic resonance technologist or MRT (MR)

What You Need

To register as a medical radiation technologist (MRT) in Alberta, you must have successfully completed:

Applicants who graduated more than 2 years before the date of application must also have completed:

  • At least 800 hours of work experience in their primary specialty within the last 5 years if applying for 1 specialty
  • At least 160 working hours in a secondary specialty within the last 5 years if applying for more than 1 specialty

There is another registration category for medical radiation technologists.

A temporary medical radiation technologist:

  • Has met the academic requirement but has not completed the exam yet
  • Must work under the indirect supervision of an MRT in the same specialty or another approved health-care professional

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period may also have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice.

For details about all registration requirements, contact the ACMDTT or visit the ACMDTT website.

Working in Alberta

Medical radiation technologists and therapists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ACMDTT website.

Internationally educated medical radiation technologists can apply through the ACMDTT Internationally Educated Applicants pathway.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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