Diagnostic Support Worker Applied Certificate Program

NOTE: This program is only available to select applicants that are sponsored by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. See all RRC Health Sciences programs ›

The Red River College Diagnostic Support Worker (DSW) program prepares students to practice diagnostic support skills as knowledgeable, competent and caring health care professionals.The DSW program is an applied certificate program designed to enhance the accessibility to health care services for remote communities. Focused in community, students are provided with the opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills close to home.

The DSW program offers a blend of online, in-class lab and clinical learning experiences.

You may be interested in a career as a Diagnostic Support Worker if you:

  • Would like to work in a medical environment
  • Enjoy learning about science
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Don’t mind seeing blood, body fluids or needles
  • Have good physical capabilities:
    • use of both hands
    • able to help patients move (lift 50lbs)
    • able to stand on your feet for long periods

Learning Outcomes


You will study four major topics, with each represented by its own micro-credential:

  1. Academic Foundations (must be completed first)
  2. EKG
  3. Phlebotomy
  4. Radiographic Procedures


Learning methods include:

  • Online theory – reading, assignments and online class time
  • In-person labs – at a hospital or nursing station
  • In-person clinical – at a hospital or nursing station


You will:

  • Be shown how to use the Red River College online learning tools
  • Do some reading and assignments on your own
  • Have some scheduled online classes
  • Have quizzes and tests online
  • Participate in labs with an instructor in a hospital or nursing station
  • Complete clinical courses under supervision at a hospital or nursing station
NOTE: Depending on your home community, you may need to relocate – 1-2 weeks for labs and either 1-2 weeks or 2-3 months for clinical.

Work Experience

You may be able to work in a nursing station with only one complete micro-credential – EKG, Phlebotomy or Radiographic Procedures. For example, completion of all three modules in the EKG micro-credential means you can safely practice EKG for employment. You can only practice micro-credentials that you have completed.



After completing all of the modules within each of the EKG, Phlebotomy and Radiographic Procedures micro-credentials, you will graduate with a Diagnostic Support Worker Applied Certificate.


Have a question or ready to apply to the program while seats are still available?

Call 204.632.2955 or fill out the form below.

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