Our Medical Radiography program trains individuals in X-ray imaging. Students are trained in areas of computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, OR imaging, emergency/trauma, interventional procedures, and mammography. 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
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.
- Continuous 24-month, full-time diploma program
- A 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 a desire to create meaningful, positive patient experiences
- Enjoy working with visual images and technology
- Are comfortable communicating and working closely with patients and their caregivers
- 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
Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire all the skills and behaviours required in the CAMRT National competency profile for Medical Radiography Technologists. 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.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
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 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 practise through repetition of the “learn, understand, apply” learning cycle. Students continue with their academic studies via concurrent online courses throughout their clinical terms.
The Medical Radiography program uses a computerized student site-matching program together with student input for the assignment of clinical sites. The clinical sites are located in the Interior, Kootenays and Lower Mainland. Although students provide input in for determining the location of each clinical experience assignment, there is no guarantee that students will receive their preferred placements. Students must acknowledge that one or more of their clinical placements could be at any of our clinical sites located throughout the Province. Students must have personal transportation, as not all clinical facilities are easily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and accommodations while on the clinical practicum.
Our graduates are ready
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 their job search.
Most careers begin with casual, entry-level positions in hospitals and private clinics. Salaries start at approximately $28 per hour. Opportunities include:
- Certified X-ray technologist/general radiographer
- Equipment sales
- Education and teaching positions
With work experience, and continued education, supervisory and management positions can be pursued. Visit Health Sciences Association (HSA) for more info.
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.
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
Resources for Internationally Educated Medical Radiography Technologists
- What do you recommend for success in the program?
- How big are the classes?
- Can I do this program part-time?
- Can I apply for transfer credit for my college/university courses?
- I plan on working part time while going to school. What does the program recommend?
- How many hours per week will I spend on school work?
- Where will I do my clinical placement?
- Am I responsible for costs throughout clinical placement?
- Is there a pathway to degree completion?
- How can I make my application more competitive?
- How competitive is the program, and is there a wait list?
- Can I apply to the program while I’m working on meeting the prerequisites, or do I need to wait until all are complete?
- What if I have completed the prerequisites, but it was more than five years ago?
- I did not receive a ‘B’ in English 12. Will my post-secondary English marks be considered?
- I need to meet the English 12 requirement, what are my options?
- What if I write challenge exams and do not achieve the relevant grade?
- Will you consider out-of-country credentials as meeting the prerequisite requirements for the MRAD program?
- Do you consider GPA within the selection process?
- What can I do to prepare myself for success in the selection process?
- I have met prerequisites for the program. What post-secondary courses can you recommend to support my success in the program?
- Can I apply for transfer credit for my college/university courses?
What do you recommend for success in the program?
- Proficiency in English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in order to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare team.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to function as part of a team.
- Mental resilience and stress management skills to cope with 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.
- Comprehensive computer skills to work in a continually evolving technical environment.
How big are the classes?
Lectures are with a cohort of 80 students. The 80 students are divided into four sets of 20 for laboratory activities.
How competitive is the program, and is there a waitlist?
We typically receive 200 to 250 applications. Currently, we accept 80 students into the program. Historically, we invite approximately 160 (2/1 ratio) 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 waitlist 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.
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 midterm reports which show you have completed a minimum of 50% of the course work at the time that you apply. If applying with midterm marks, you are required to submit final grades one month prior to the start date of the program.
Only eligible applicants who meet the academic entrance requirements by the April 1st deadline date are invited to participate in the selection process.
Please contact the Program Assistant if you require further clarification of your eligibility.
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 apply for readmission.
What if I have the prerequisites, but they are from more than five years ago?
To meet the recency requirement, courses should have been completed within five years from the calendar year of start date in the program. As 5 year recency is preferred, if your course work is not within recency, you have the option to either write challenge exams or complete upgrading courses.
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.
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.
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.
- If a student registers and writes a challenge exam a second time they will be given the mark from their first writing
- Upgrading can be completed through your local school district or post-secondary institution.
Will you consider out-of-country credentials as meeting the prerequisite requirements for the MRAD program?
BCIT will assess out-of-country credentials for courses that meet equivalency, recency, and the relevant letter grade.
Do you consider GPA within the selection process?
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, a demonstrated interest in the field and related volunteer/work experience. It is important that your combined achievements demonstrate an aptitude for success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Am I responsible for costs throughout clinical placement?
You are responsible for all personal expenses, including food, accommodation, and transportation, throughout the clinical practicum.
Is there a pathway to degree completion?
BCIT offers a Bachelor of Health Science which continues from the two year Medical Radiography Diploma program.
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