Medical Radiography is the art and science of producing medical images using x-radiation. X-ray images can be using film or digital media. These images are used for routine needs or form part of complex investigations. Technologists produce images for the radiologists interpretation to aid in medical diagnoses.
Medical radiography is not a hazardous occupation. The dangers of radiation are well recognized and rigidly controlled. The conscientious technologist can derive much personal satisfaction as a contributor to the success of the health team and the well-being of the patient. Medical Radiography is a field suited to both men and women.
BCIT's Medical Radiography program has been designed to integrate the academic environment with the clinical setting. The program is 24 continuous months with terms alternating between didatic studies and clinical practicums. The program structure supports the philosophy of creating opportunities for students to learn, understand, and then apply the outcomes in real world situations with mentoring and feedback.
Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Technology in Medical Radiography Technology, BCIT offers a Bachelor of Technology in Medical Imaging. The baccalaureate degree is a post-diploma program offered by distance education.
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During training, students receive intensive theoretical and practical instruction through lectures, labs, blended and online courses, as well as practical experience in the clinical environment. Students are expected to act as surrogate patients to learn positioning techniques, as well as interpersonal skills. Clinical practicums occur within hospital sites throughout the province and are designed to promote confidence, competence and professional practice through repetition of the "learn, understand, apply" cycle. Students continue with their academic studies via online courses while on their practicums. Each clinical practicum is completed at a different clinical site to ensure students receive a variety of experiences.
Clinical site practicums are assigned using student input and a computer program to generate assignments. Although student input is used for site assignments, there is no guarantee that students will receive their preferred placements. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and accommodations while on their clinical practicum.
The hospitals listed below provide opportunities for your clinical training.
The healthcare system is establishing new responsibilities of care and treatment. Entering the Medical Radiography field means that you are prepared for lifelong learning as your chosen career continues to change. Opportunities exist for graduates to continue training into imaging specialties such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or management. Graduates can also migrate into equipment sales, research and educational roles.
Graduates can expect to work in multiple locations in casual positions at the beginning of their careers. Trends in healthcare anticipate an increase in the demand for graduates in the near future.
The Medical Radiography program will provide quality education to graduate professional medical radiography practitioners capable of adapting to the complex and evolving health care environment.
Dori Kaplun, RTR, ACR, MEd
Denise Poelzer, RTR, BSc Kine
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