Medical Radiological Technologists (MRTs) play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of many injuries and illnesses. At a physician’s request, MRTs operate equipment that emits x-rays to produce images of a body part or system. Their work involves a wide variety of procedures and specialties, including routine general radiography, mammography, angiography, fluoroscopy, and computed tomography. Committed to providing the highest standard of care, MRTs uses professional judgment and critical thinking to reach decisions, anticipate outcomes, and respond appropriately to individual patient needs and varying contexts of practice.
This is a challenging program consisting of theory courses, psychomotor skill laboratories, and clinical practicum based courses. The program provides the student with extensive classroom and clinical experience. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work competently and skillfully, providing diagnostic imaging care per the national standards for MRT practice. Furthermore, graduates of the program are will be well-positioned to challenge the national competency examination as directed through the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.
Upon successful completion of the Medical Radiography program, graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the required skills, knowledge, and abilities, as prescribed by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists in relation to development as a professional, communicator, collaborator, care provider, leader, scholarly practitioner, and clinical expert.
2. Contribute productively as a member of the health care team
3. Use judgement and critical thinking skills to reach decisions which will best benefit the patient, and work autonomously in their areas of responsibility
4. Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills that promote logical and independent decision-making in the provision of MRT care.
5. Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team to serve patients and employers with the highest degree of competence.
6. Reflect professionalism through personal deportment and public interactions.
7. Demonstrate ethical behavior, empathy, and respect for individuals expected of an entry level-MRT.
The Medical Radiography program is accredited until 2023/08/21. Program modifications will require submission of an update to Equal Canada regarding cross-referencing. This cross-referencing has been completed, and the program accreditation is unlikely to be affected until renewal in 2023. It is expected that in the next accreditation cycle, the program will receive a temporary 2-year accreditation due to the length of the program and the potential in having limited graduates from the revised program. This outcome is expected but should not affect future full 6-year accreditation following the completion of the temporary 2-year cycle.
Graduates may elect to further their studies and obtain a Bachelor of Technology degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland or a Bachelor of Sciences (Post Diploma, Human Science) from Athabasca University.
Students must possess valid Standard First Aid with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) /Basic Life Support (BLS) certification to be eligible for graduation from the College.
Clinical placements are a required element of this program and students will be assigned placements at approved training sites. Additional sites may be considered in consultation with program faculty. There is no guarantee that students will receive their preferred placement. All expenses associated with the completion of clinical placement will be the responsibility of the student.
Students require a clear Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record Check and Vulnerability Sector Check) to be permitted into a clinical placement. Students with an unclear Certificate of Conduct are advised to speak with program faculty at the beginning of the program.
For programs with competitive admissions, clinical placements are not affected by ranking in the competitive admissions process and will be determined under institutional guidelines.
Eligibility for consideration of admission to the Medical Radiography program requires the applicant to meet one of the following academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English 3201 or 3202 (minimum 60%)
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Science (4 credits):
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. English (minimum 60%): CM1060
ii. Math (minimum 60%): MA1040
iii. Four Science courses:
a. Biology: BL1020
b. Physics: PH1050
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile (overall 60% average) including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English (minimum of 60%) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics (minimum of 60%) 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
iii. Science from the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile (and appropriate grades) may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
Additional Entrance Requirements
- Completion of the Casper Admissions Exam.
- The Casper Admissions Exam official score will be used as part of the points-based system to determine ranking in the competitive entry process
- All applicants are required to complete Casper* Admissions Exam (CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences) as part of their application for the 2023/2024 admissions cycle. To complete Casper, visit TakeAltus.com.
- Valid** Certificate of Conduct, including Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check.
- Students will require a clear and current Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check) prior to clinical practicum. Applicants with a criminal offense listed on their Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check) may be denied access to clinical placement and may be unable to complete their program.
- Immunization Record providing evidence that the applicant has received the required vaccinations/screening tests. Completing the immunization record will require physician's visits, blood tests, and a TB screening test; detailed instructions are included on the School of Health Sciences Student Information and Program Awareness Form. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all medical requirements are fulfilled, and the immunization record complete before submission. Certain vaccinations require a series of immunizations over a period; therefore, it is essential to start the process as early as possible. The applicant is also responsible for all associated costs (vaccinations, laboratory testing, physician fees, certificate of conduct fees, etc.).
- ESL students only – one of the following:
- IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7
- TOEFL Score: minimum score of 94
(See the Additional Information for Health Sciences Applicants (Definitions and Regulations
) section of the calendar or under the Admissions Regulations section of our website for details.)
The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com
, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video
**Acceptance of the Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check) is at the discretion of the Health Authority of which clinical practicum is being sought.
COMPETITIVE ENTRY APPLICATION PROCESS - FALL 2023
Program Start Date September 2023
The competitive admissions process is points-based and includes:
View the Competitive Entry Application Process for this program
|Deadline for receipt of application
||March 3rd 2023
|Deadline for receipt of ALL supporting documentation*
||March 10th 2023
|Initial round of acceptances
||April 30th 2023
*Documentation received after the deadline WILL NOT
**Candidates not accepted for the intake to which they applied must re-apply for admission to future offerings. Applications WILL NOT be kept on file.