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.
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This program is for individuals who:
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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:
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 simulated patients to learn positioning techniques, as well as interpersonal skills.
In addition, students gain practical experience in the clinical environment. Clinical experiences are located in various hospital sites throughout Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health and Interior Health Authorities. These experiences are designed to promote confidence, competence and professional practice through repetition of the "learn, understand, apply" learning cycle. Students continue with their academic studies via concurrent online courses throughout their clinical terms.
Computerized clinical site assignments are allocated with student input. Although student involvement is used for these clinical experience 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.
BCIT’s expertise in practical, hands-on learning provides graduates with everything needed to start their career. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to write the CAMRT national certification exam and start ther job search.
Most careers begin with casual, entry-level positions in hospitals and private clinics. Salaries start at approximately $26 per hour. Opportunities include:
With work experience, and continued education, supervisory and management positions can be pursued. Visit Health Sciences Association (HSA) for more info.
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 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 midterm 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 the calendar year of 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
Participation in the selection process is not guaranteed to applicants only meeting the minimum entrance requirements. The program selects those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success. All complete applications will be reviewed by the program and shortlisted. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong GPA, post-secondary education, a demonstrated interest in the field and related volunteer/work experience. It is important that your achievement demonstrates an aptitude for success.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 Health Science 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 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
The Medical Radiography faculty are known for their skills, expertise, and dedication to student learning. Our Instructors are all CAMRT certified technologists and many remain active in the profession.
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