Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists


Last updated October 17, 2023

The following guidance is for College registrants to provide ethical, competent, and safe professional services related to COVID-19.

Do I have to provide service if I feel it is unsafe because the patient might be infected with COVID-19?

Regulated professionals have an obligation to provide services to patients at all times, regardless of the type of illness the patient might have (Code of Ethics, Principle 1: Responsibility to the public, indicator a). As an MRT or ENP, you have a diverse set of skills that allows you to work with challenging health conditions, infections being one of them. During a pandemic, MRTs and ENPs provide care using appropriate safety precautions.

It’s also important that you’re supported to take account of your own safety and well-being. Employers (including private community clinics and Alberta Health Services) are also providing support and guidance to healthcare professionals at this time so that you may continue to provide professional services to your patients.

I may be asked to do something outside of my comfort zone (e.g., work at a different site). Should I do what is asked of me?

In these unprecedented times of change and uncertainty, we may find ourselves stepping outside of our daily routines. Consider using a simple decision-making process — is what is requested ethical? Do I have the competency to do this work? Our regulatory standards are designed to provide a framework for decision-making in various situations. By using professional judgment, working in collaboration with other healthcare workers serving the best interests of patients (Standard 3.1: Collaboration/Professional Relationships, indicator a) and practicing within the limits of your competence (Standard 2.2: Professional Competence, indicator c) you may continue to provide care to Albertans.

Working within the quickly evolving demands of our healthcare system can be challenging and it is important for regulated members to be mindful of and practice in accordance with any direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and emerging policies and procedures, including those pertaining to COVID-19 management, set by their employer.

All regulated healthcare professionals may be asked to work in an area that they are less familiar with from time to time. Temporary re-deployment is a legitimate employer practice to ensure they can meet the needs of the public they serve every day. You and your employer have an accountability to ensure patients are receiving safe and competent care.

MRTs and ENPs are responsible and accountable for the care they provide and must practice to their level of competence. Although there are elements of professional knowledge and entry-level competencies that cross a broad spectrum of patient groups and areas of practice, they may only be able to do part of a procedure in the setting to which they may be re-deployed.

College registrants need to assess and communicate the procedures that they can do competently. The discussion with their manager could include asking for an orientation to the new practice setting, asking questions to understand the expectations of them in this situation, and asking for an identified experienced staff member to be a buddy to answer questions when needed.

Healthcare professionals, including MRTs and ENPs, play a significant role in containing the spread of COVID-19. It is vital that MRTs and ENPs adhere to Infection Prevention and Control guidelines.

Alberta Health Services has effective infection prevention and control measures in place for COVID-19. MRTs and ENPs are required to use appropriate infection prevention and control procedures in the course of providing diagnostic or therapeutic services (Standard 4.2: Safe Practice, indicator e, f).

MRTs and ENPs must:

  • Use good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand-washing
  • Utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately
  • Adhere with AHS routine practices, including isolation procedures
  • Clean and disinfect equipment and high touch areas as per routine practices

In this type of emergency, MRTs and ENPs are expected to act in the best interests of Albertans at all times within the boundaries of their knowledge and competence (Code of Ethics, Principle 2: Responsibility to the profession, indicator c). You are essential members of the healthcare team, and we thank you for your dedication to provide Albertans safe and competent care during these challenging times.

I am no longer working. What are my options regarding registration?

College registrants living in Alberta who have stopped working due to reasons such as parental leave, sabbaticals, illness or taking care of a loved one may consider resigning their registration. If you resign your registration, you should know:

  • Resigned registrants are not allowed to use protected professional titles or practice any aspect of the profession. Practice involves not only the clinical and technical aspects of the profession; it also includes, but is not limited to, functions of education, management, research and administration.
  • Registrants choosing to resign before June 30 may be eligible for a $225 refund.

For more information, please see the Resignation section of the Registration Change page.

Do I have any professional obligation to report unsafe practices?

MRTs and ENPs have a professional obligation and duty to report unprofessional activity in accordance with the Standards of Practice (Standard 2.1: Legislation, Standards and Ethics, indicator f), Code of Ethics (Principle 2: Responsibility to the profession, indicator d), the HPA, and other relevant legislation.

The Government of Alberta has put legal orders in place to protect the health and safety of Albertans. If you have reason to believe a patient or other healthcare provider is not complying with an Alberta Health order, you are obligated to report. Reports can be made to the medical officer of health online and regulated health providers can be reported to the complaints department of their respective regulatory college.

What if I have another question that wasn't answered here?

Please contact us at, 780.487.6130, or toll-free at 1.800.282.2165 with any questions or concerns.

Code of Ethics

Principle 1 – Responsibility to the public

a. Competent care
A regulated member’s primary responsibility is to provide competent service to patients with respect to their individual needs and overall welfare.

Principle 2 – Responsibility to the profession

c. Boundaries of competence
A regulated member limits their practice to those techniques and procedures which the member is competent and currently authorized to perform by virtue of education and experience and is consistent with the College’s standards.

d. Duty to report
A regulated member takes appropriate action in responding to situations which jeopardize the care of patients or bring harm to the profession.

View the entire Code of Ethics

Standards of Practice

Standard 2.1: Legislation, Standards and Ethics

A regulated member of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists adheres to the legislative requirements governing the practice of the member’s specialty, the College’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

To demonstrate this Standard, a regulated member will:
f. Report abuse, incapacity or unprofessional conduct as per the duty to report (e.g., sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, and female genital mutilation (FGM)).

Standard 2.2: Professional Competence

A regulated member of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists limits their professional practice to those techniques and procedures that the member is competent to perform, and which are consistent with the College’s Standards. The member is responsible for life-long learning to maintain competence in their practice.

To demonstrate this Standard, a regulated member will:
c. Maintain knowledge of current and evolving technologies and integrate new learning into practice, as appropriate.

Standard 3.1: Collaboration/Professional Relationships

A regulated member of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists works effectively as a member of an interprofessional team to facilitate safe, competent and ethical service delivery, and to contribute to a positive work environment.

To demonstrate this Standard, a regulated member will:
a. Exhibit professionalism as a member of an interprofessional team, serving the best interests of the patient.

Standard 4.2: Safe Practice

A regulated member of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists exercises due diligence for the safety of patients, colleagues, self and the general public when conducting procedures and providing services. The member also maintains safe work practices and effectively manages any potential risk to safety by adhering to relevant provincial and federal regulations and employer/organization policies and procedures.

To demonstrate this Standard, a regulated member will:
e. Apply the appropriate infection prevention and control standards to prevent contamination of persons, equipment and environment (e.g., perform aseptic or sterile technique, isolation precautions, use and reprocessing of reusable medical devices and employ routine practices).
f. Recognize an emergency situation and take appropriate action (e.g., seek help, administer first aid/basic life support).

Read the Standards of Practice

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