Medical Imaging Clinical Support Worker certificate
Note: This program is not available in 2008/09.
Enhance your skills as part of the health care team.
This certificate program is designed to prepare people to work as Clinical
Support Workers in the Medical Imaging department in hospitals.
The goal of the program is to provide students with the
knowledge and skills to perform the duties required of a Medical Imaging
Clinical Support Worker.
Graduates will be able to:
Communicate effectively within a hospital environment
Understand the roles played by all disciplines involved in the continuum of
Recognize signs and symptoms of aggressive behaviour
Recognize human anatomy as it relates to the skeletal, respiratory, vascular,
digestive, and urinary systems
Identify the subsections of a Medical Imaging department including
Be familiar with imaging vocabulary and abbreviations
Have a basic understanding of the history of ionizing radiation and the role
of the Medical Imaging Clinical Support Worker in radiation protection
Join the medical imaging team
Carry out all clerical duties including examination booking and patient
preparation, as well as filing and billing
Be familiar with PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) and be
prepared to help facilitate the changes necessary for Medical Imaging
departments to move from film-based departments to filmless imaging
Be prepared to participate in 144 hours of clinical experience. Clinical
placement allows students to put into practice the skills learned in the
classroom plus it will provide the venue to develop skills that can only be
learned in a Medical Imaging department
1. Medical Office Assistant or Nursing Unit Clerk
2. or a certificate in an allied health program
(eg. RN, LPN, Lab technician, X-Ray technician, etc) ;
3. or have 2 years experience within the last 3
years in a Medical Imaging department.
4. Grade 12 or equivalent.
5. 50 wpm typing speed (attach copy of verification).
6. A 500 word statement outlining your reasons for
wanting to take the program.
7. Strong oral and written knowledge of English.
8. Willingness to obtain inoculations to participate in
hospital practicum placement.
9. Willingness to undergo a security clearance check.
10. Personal interview during which time the following
areas will be assessed:
a.) Evidence of professional or
b.) Personal suitability and
knowledge of and interest in the program
When to apply and register
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
How to apply and register
1. Complete a UFV application for admission form.
2. Complete a Medical Imaging Clinical Support Worker
3. Attach all required documentation and return
completed registration package to Julie Laursen, Abbotsford campus.
4. Once advised of acceptance to the program, you may
5. Applications are accepted and instructor
appointments held periodically throughout the year.
Communication Skills in a Medical Imaging
The role of communications for the Medical Imaging
Clinical Support Worker
Successful telephone communication techniques
Hospital emergency procedures
Conflict resolution strategies and techniques
Multiculturalism in health care
Medical legal considerations in health care
Introduction to Medical Imaging
Introductory abbreviations and vocabulary
Identification and function of Radiology department
Human body anatomy
Contrast and Consent information
Radiology protection and shielding
Divisions within Medical Imaging departments
Diagnostic Imaging tests
Introduction to Nuclear Medicine, Cardiology and ECG tracing
Medical Imaging Practices and Procedures
Advanced vocabulary and abbreviations
In and Out patient preparation for examination in Medical Imaging
Booking and scheduling exams
Requisitions, forms, requests, records and questionnaires
Registration, billing and filing
Hospital Insurance coverage
Filmless based technology
Overview of work flow
PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System)
Student guidelines for clinical placement
Having successfully completed the three theoretical components of the program,
demonstrate competencies in these program learning objectives
Clinical conduct and checklists
Clinical performance and evaluation
$2800 (subject to change). All fees which total more
than $100 in a calendar year are fully tax deductible.
Financial aid is available from a variety of sources.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford
or Chilliwack campus. A variety of bursary applications are also available from
the Financial Aid and Awards offices.
Students will be evaluated for each module in the
program on classroom participation, classroom assignments, study projects
examination and clinical placements. Students must maintain a grade of 80% and
an attendance record of 90% per module. Students must successfully complete all
theory components prior to practicum placement.
Students challenging components are required to pay the
full tuition fee for that section prior to examination. (Based on the UFV
official policy on course challenge.)
In addition to classroom activities, students will be
required to research, study and prepare assignments outside of class for
approximately 5-6 hours per week.
Classes will be two evenings per week plus some
Saturdays. Courses are held at the Marshall Road Annex of UFV.
Skills in a Medical Imaging department (HLTH MI0)
Medical Imaging (HLTH MI02)
Practices & Procedures (HLTH MI03)
Clinical (HLTH MI04)
For more information
Contact the Continuing Studies department at 604-851-6324 or 604-792-0025,
local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441, local 6324. Email: