Full-time Diploma 6510diplt

Overview

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The next intake will start accepting applications on November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.

Learn with the best instructors. BCIT's Medical Radiography faculty are known for their skills, expertise, and dedication to student learning. Pair that with our strength in hands-on education, and you get the highest quality of learning.

Our Medical Radiography program trains individuals in X-ray imaging. It’s a dynamic, fast-paced career rooted in helping people from all walks of life, where no two patients’ needs are the same.

About the program

  • Continuous 24-month, full-time Diploma program 
  • Blend of on-campus lectures and labs with distance learning gives you the best of two learning styles
  • Three clinical experiences in different hospital environments

Find out more about our clinical experiences and locations at Program Details.

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Have completed high school or higher
  • Have a desire to create meaningful, positive patient experiences
  • Enjoy working with visual images and technology
  • Are comfortable touching and working closely with patients
  • Thrive in a team environment working directly with people

Are you seeking a hands-on career that focuses on helping people? Visit Program Entry to find out if Medical Radiography is right for you.

What grads can do

Graduates leave the program fully prepared to write the CAMRT national certification exam that qualifies them to work. See Graduating and Jobs for more career information.

Program Entry

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three step process

The medical radiography program has a competitive selection process. Participation in the selection process is not guaranteed to applicants only meeting the minimum entrance requirements. Applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success in the program are selected to compete in the multiple mini interview process (MMI). All complete applications will be reviewed by the program and shortlisted for MMI’s. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong GPA, post-secondary education, a demonstrated interest in the field and related volunteer and/or work experience.

Applications accepted November 1st* – March 1st

*or next business day

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

With the exception of English, these entrance requirements must have been completed during the past five years from the start of the program. If more than five years has elapsed, upgrading in the required subjects may be necessary. Applicants may request to have their credentials reviewed for equivalency and/or recency by contacting the Administrative Coordinator.

*Biology: BCIT assesses, on an individual basis, the acceptability of biology prerequisites for applicants who have successfully completed Human Biology courses at a post-secondary level [PDF]. The Human Biology equivalent courses must include the following course content: cytology, the structure and function of the following organ systems: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, renal/urinary and reproductive.

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI)

During this process, applicants will be assessed by program staff for their suitability for the program and this profession.

Note: Interviews are usually held in January, February and March.

In order to prepare for their interview, applicants are advised to conduct their own research on the profession in addition to reviewing the information provided below:

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted into the BCIT program, you will be notified and the following information will be required in order to be fully accepted:

  • MRAD 0150 - Medical Terminology online course
    Available upon conditional acceptance

  • CPR Level C
    Issue date must be within three months of the program start

  • Criminal Record Check [PDF]

  • Immunization Review [PDF]
    Submit to Student Health Services.
    Immunization is a mandatory requirement for this program.

  • Volunteer validation letter outlining a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work in a patient related environment.

The type of volunteer work the Medical Radiography program requires of applicants is that of an "interactive" role rather than an "informational" role. Volunteers are required to interact with patients that identify some of the challenges healthcare workers face on a regular basis. For instance, relating to patients that have language barriers, are less mobile, hard of hearing or having physical or mental challenges. Examples of interactions are reading to patients, playing games and supporting with their non-medical needs such as providing assistance with wheelchairs and feeding etc.

  • The best environment to gain this all-inclusive sensory experience of sounds, smells and sights of the hospitalized patient would be an extended/long term care, retirement/seniors facility and/or hospital wards.

  • The following work experience will not qualify for this requirement: receptionist (dental, medical, veterinarian, imaging clinic, medical lab clinic, physiotherapy clinic), medical office assistant (MOA), dental assistant, life guard, day/child care staff.

  • The volunteer experience must be current within one year of application.

  • Volunteer validation letter is required from the facility supervisor or volunteer coordinator. Please ensure your letter includes the number of volunteer hours completed and the role and responsibilities performed.

  • For further clarification, please contact the Administrative Coordinator at 604-456-1257.

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

Recommended for success

  • Proficient in English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare team.

  • Self-control and stress management skills to manage trauma situations, surgical procedures and acutely ill patients.

  • Effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to adapt to complex procedures and challenges.

  • Physical stamina and fitness in order to assist patients and use radiographic equipment safely.

  • Responsible and caring nature with an interest in the well-being of others.

  • Adept computer skills for success in the program and future employment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to function as part of a team.

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for September 2015 will be accepted starting November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Please note, students are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation costs while participating in clinical placements.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies for the program are approximately $2000.

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Face respirator fit testing: approx $25 per year, annual re-fitting required.

Students will be required to recertify their CPR (HCP) on an annual basis in preparation for the clinical practicums.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) - September to December Credits
  BHSC 1245 Human Behaviour 2.0
  BHSC 2214 Relational Anatomy and Physiology 1 4.0
  MRAD 1202 Radiographic Sciences 1 3.0
  MRAD 1207 Clinical Orientation 1.0
  MRAD 1210 Patient Care 3.0
  MRAD 1215 Radiographic Procedures 1 8.0
  MRAD 1216 Applied Radiographic Procedures 1 4.0
  MRAD 2230 Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology 1 2.0
  PHYS 1276 Physics: Medical Radiography 1 5.0
 
Level 2A (20 weeks) - January to May Credits
  MRAD 2208 Clinical Education 1 24.0
  MRAD 2218 Pathology 1 2.5
  MRAD 2238 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 1.5
Level 2A is 20 week clinical rotation combined with a weekly academic time of one day for self-directed online didactic requirements.
 
Level 2B (11 weeks) - June to August Credits
  BHSC 3214 Relational Anatomy and Physiology 2 3.5
  MRAD 4205 Professional Ethics and Canadian Healthcare System 2.0
  MRAD 4500 Clinical Applications in Computed Tomography 3.0
Level 2B courses will be delivered online utilizing both online resources and instruction.
 
Level 3 (16 weeks) - September to December Credits
  MRAD 2209 Radiographic Procedures 2 2.0
  MRAD 3208 Clinical Education 2 19.0
  MRAD 3220 Inter-Profession Health Practice 2.0
Level 3 is a 16 week clinical rotation combined with a weekly academic time of one day for self-directed online didactic requirements.
 
Level 4 (18 weeks) - January to May Credits
  BHSC 4214 Relational Anatomy and Physiology 3 3.5
  COMM 4273 Communications and Research Skills 2.5
  MRAD 2202 Radiographic Sciences 2 3.5
  MRAD 3210 Radiographic Procedures 3 5.0
  MRAD 3211 Applied Radiographics Procedures 2 3.5
  MRAD 3218 Pathology 2 3.5
  MRAD 3230 Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology 2 2.5
  MRAD 4200 CT - Physical Principles 2.5
  PHYS 2276 Physics: Medical Radiography 2 5.0
Level 4 is 20 weeks in length, including exam week. Students attend classes and laboratory sessions on campus.
 
Level 5 (13 weeks) - June to August Credits
  MRAD 4103 Capstone 3.0
  MRAD 4208 Clinical Education 3 17.5
Level 5 is 13 week clinical rotation combined with a weekly academic time of 3.5 hours for self-directed didactic requirements.
 
Total Credits: 147.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Mission Statement

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.

The goals of the Medical Radiography program are to graduate competent medical radiography technologists by providing:

  • quality medical imaging education with an integration of didactic and clinical practice;
  • multifaceted learning opportunities in a safe environment;
  • environments conducive to developing humanistic skills required to foster patients' safety and well-being in a diverse society;
  • critical thinking opportunities focusing on the CAMRT competencies while fulfilling provincial employability requirements;
  • professional best practice opportunities to enable graduates to become an integral member of the healthcare team;
  • opportunities to develop lifelong learning skills.

Medical radiography is not a hazardous occupation. The dangers of radiation are well recognized and rigidly controlled.

Throughout the program, students receive intensive theoretical and practical instruction through lectures, labs, blended and online courses. Students are expected to act as surrogate patients to learn positioning techniques, as well as interpersonal skills.

In addition, students gain practical experience in the clinical environment. 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. Clinical practicums are completed at different clinical sites to ensure students receive a variety of experiences.Students continue their academic studies via online courses while on their practicums.

Clinical site practicums are assigned using student input and a computer program. 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 the clinical practicum.

The hospitals listed below provide opportunities for clinical training.

Clinical partners:

Program length

24 months, full-time

Three clinical practicum rotations at different sites will be scheduled within this time frame.

Grading

All didactic (instructional) courses require a 65% mark to pass. All clinical experience is competency based and therefore has satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading.

Accreditation

The Canadian Medical Association - Conjoint Accreditation Services accredits the program.

Continue your education

Degree Completion

BCIT offers a Bachelor of Technology in Medical Imaging which continues from the two year Medical Radiography diploma.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates are ready

BCIT’s expertise in practical, hands-on learning sets you up with everything you need to start your career as soon as you graduate. After graduation, you can complete the CAMRT national certification exam and start your job search immediately.

Career opportunities

Most careers begin with casual, entry-level positions in hospitals and private clinics. Salaries start at approximately $26 per hour. Opportunities include:

  • Certified X-ray technologist/general radiographer 
  • Equipment sales 
  • Education and teaching positions

With work experience, you can pursue supervisory and management positions. Want to know more about the work we do? Visit Health Sciences Association (HSA) for more info.

See what our grads are saying. View the most recent post-grad survey.

Keep learning

Medical Radiography grads can go on to complete BCIT’s Medical Imaging Bachelor of Science degree program.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Frequently Asked Questions


How big are the classes?

Lectures are with a cohort of 80 students. These 80 students are separated into four sets of 20 for laboratory activities.

Top

How competitive is the program, and is there a wait list?

We typically receive 250 to 300 applications. Currently, we accept 80 students into the program. Historically, we invite 120 – 150 students to participate in the selection process.

Acceptance into the program is based on the ranked score achieved during the selection process. Participants who are not among the top 80 ranked will be placed on a wait list for the current intake, in the event that a seat becomes available. The wait list is cleared once the program intake is full and closed; unsuccessful applicants must re-apply to be considered for next year.

Top

Can I apply to the program while I’m working on meeting the prerequisites, or do I need to wait until all are complete?

You can only apply when you have fully met the academic requirements. An exception can be made if you are in the process of completing prerequisite courses and can submit interim reports which show you have completed a minimum of 50% of the course work at the time that you apply.

This program is competitive and we schedule several selection dates – in the January to March time-frame. Only eligible applicants who meet the academic entrance requirements are invited to participate in the selection process.

Please contact the Administrative Coordinator if you require further clarification of your eligibility.

Top

Can I do this program part-time?

The program is only offered in a full-time format. Students complete the program as a cohort. Should you need to leave the program for any reason, you will be required to re-apply.

Top

What if I have the prerequisites, but they are from more than five years ago?

To meet the recency requirement, courses must have been completed within five years from your start date in the program. Admissions will assess post-secondary transcripts for equivalent courses meeting recency and relevant letter grade. If your course work is not within recency, you have the option to either write challenge exams or complete upgrading courses through your local school district or post-secondary institution. Challenge exams exist for Biology, Math, and Physics.

Top

I did not receive a ‘B’ in English 12. Will my post-secondary English marks be considered?

Admissions will assess post-secondary transcripts for courses that fulfill the English language proficiency requirement.

Top

I need to meet the English 12 requirement, what are my options?

There are a number of upgrading and assessment test options. Please see the Admissions section of the BCIT website for information pertaining to the English requirement.

Top

What if I write challenge exams and do not achieve the relevant grade?

  • You will have only one opportunity to write each challenge exam.
  • If you are unsuccessful, you must upgrade to meet prerequisites.
  • Upgrading can be completed through your local school district or post-secondary institution.
Top

Will you consider out-of-country credentials as meeting the prerequisite requirements for the MRAD program?

BCIT will assess out-of-country credentials, provided they are submitted together with a comprehensive ICES report. Please note, we will be looking for courses that meet equivalency, recency, and the relevant letter grade. Challenge exams or upgrading will be required if the prerequisite courses have not been taken within five years from your start date in the program.

Top

Do you consider GPA within the selection process?

We do not consider GPA. To be eligible for the selection process, applicants are only required to meet the minimum academic entrance requirements which have been established to ensure the success of the student in the program.

Top

What can I do to prepare myself for success in the selection process?

The program looks for well-rounded individuals who will be successful as students and as future medical radiography technologists (MRT).

  • Ensure that you have researched what it means to be an MRT.
  • Be prepared for a formal interview process.
Top

I have met prerequisites for the program. What post-secondary courses can you recommend to support my success in the program?

Post-secondary courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, and other health science related courses will support your overall success in the program.

Top

Can I apply for transfer credit for my college/university courses?

If you feel you have completed courses equivalent to the MRAD program courses, you may apply for individual transfer credit within the first two weeks of the program start. Please note: If individual course transfer credit is granted, this will not reduce your tuition or the duration of the program; it will only reduce your course load.

Top

I plan on working part time while going to school. What does the program recommend?

Given the rigorous expectations of the program, it is not recommended that you attempt to work.

Top

How many hours per week will I spend on school work?

Classes are scheduled from 0830 – 1730 Monday through Friday. Outside of class time, students are required to work on homework assignments, group projects, and private or group study. An average of 4-5 hours homework per day can be anticipated. During clinical placements, students need to be prepared to be scheduled for occasional evening, weekend, or night shifts.

Top

Where will I do my clinical placement?

BCIT arranges clinical training for the student. Students will be requested to provide their preferences for clinical placements, but there is no guarantee that they will be assigned to one of their preferences. Training sites are located in Metro Vancouver and the BC Interior (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Providence Health, Provincial Health Services and Vancouver Coastal). Students may require a car for transportation to clinical training sites and must arrange their own accommodation. Note: Student learning during clinical training is supported by BCIT via Desire2Learn (D2L). Students will require internet access other than that at the clinical site.

Top

Am I responsible for costs throughout clinical placement?

You are responsible for all personal expenses, including food, accommodation, and transportation, throughout the clinical practicum.

Top

Is there a pathway to degree completion?

BCIT offers a Bachelor of Technology in Medical Imaging which continues from the two year Medical Radiography Diploma program.

Top

Internationally Trained?

To become a registered technologist in Canada, internationally trained technologists must pass the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam. There are refresher and exam preparation courses available from the CAMRT. In addition, the CAMRT offers credential assessment services to help internationally educated technologists assess their eligibility for certification:

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
1000 – 85 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6A4
t: 613-234-0012
f: 613-234-1097
w: camrt.ca

Resources for Internationally Educated Medical Radiography Technologists


Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Dori Kaplun, RTR, ACR, MEd
Program Head 
Tel: 604-451-6918
dori_kaplun@bcit.ca

Denise Poelzer, RTR, BSc Kine
Clinical Coordinator
Tel: 604-432-8743
denise_poelzer@bcit.ca

Debbie Power
Administrative Coordinator
Tel: 604-456-1257
debbie_power@bcit.ca

Instructors

  • Andrea Barr, RTR, BSc
  • Arlene Howard, RTR, ACR, MA
  • Cathy Locher, RTR, BSc
  • Eleanore Nuttall, RTR
  • Euclid Seeram, RTR, BSc, MSc, FCAMRT
  • Jaymie Campbell, RTR, BSc
  • Kristen Vilches, RTR
  • Lois Doody, RTR, MEd
  • Meena Amlani, RTR, BSc (Hons), MBA
  • Michelle Beauchamp, RTR, ID, MEd
  • Vanessa Crawford, RTR

Advisory committee

  • Karen Bevan-Pritchard, Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Sheila Boyd, St. Paul's Hospital
  • Annemarie Bymoen, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Zeno Cescon, Interior Health
  • Karen Eldridge, Prince George Regional Hospital
  • Lorraine Guillet, University Hospital of Northern BC
  • Pam Hoeschle, Kelowna General Hospital
  • Darlene Hyde, BC Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Susan Larson, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Wendy Schaad, Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Sean West, Vancouver General Hospital

Contact Us

Questions or comments?

Please ensure you have reviewed the detailed information on this site, using the navigation to the right, before submitting the form below.

As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information, instead of sending the form:

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy.

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates, invitations to events, and information about BCIT and your program.

We promise not to spam you, we won’t share your personal information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy.

How To Apply

Subscribe

Contact Us

Information Sessions

Attend an upcoming information session for this program:

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Search Programs