Medical Radiography is the art and science of producing medical images using x-radiation. These images are used for routine diagnostic needs or form part of complex investigations. Technologists produce images for a radiologist's 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, practice, and apply knowledge.
Upon successful completion of the Diploma in Medical Radiography Technology, graduates are eligible to write the CAMRT national certification exam. Medical Radiography graduates can obtain a post-diploma degree in Medical Imaging through BCIT distance education.
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.
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.
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.
The goals of the Medical Radiography program are to graduate competent medical radiography technologists by providing:
Lectures are with a cohort of 80 students. These 80 students are separated into four sets of 20 for laboratory activities.Top
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
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
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
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
Admissions will assess post-secondary transcripts for courses that fulfill the English language proficiency requirement.Top
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
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
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
The program looks for well-rounded individuals who will be successful as students and as future medical radiography technologists (MRT).
Post-secondary courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, and other health science related courses will support your overall success in the program.Top
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
Given the rigorous expectations of the program, it is not recommended that you attempt to work.Top
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
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
You are responsible for all personal expenses, including food, accommodation, and transportation, throughout the clinical practicum.Top
BCIT offers a Bachelor of Technology in Medical Imaging which continues from the two year Medical Radiography Diploma program.Top
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 CAMRTS 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
Dori Kaplun, RTR, ACR, MEd
Denise Poelzer, RTR, BSc Kine
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