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    Jun 19, 2024  
Academic Calendar 2024-25

Medical Radiography (Diploma)

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Total Credits: 79.5
Credential: Diploma in Medical Radiography
Program Code: MRAD.DIP
CIP: 51.0911


Through the combination of rigorous academic study and practicum experience, students learn the art and science of performing diagnostic radiographic medical imaging procedures with competence, compassion, and the highest level of professionalism.

Leveled academic content with integrated simulation and clinical experiences allow students to demonstrate gradual attainment of competency in a learner-centric environment. Students experience a variety of approaches to educational delivery, including traditional face-to-face classroom instruction, practical simulation labs, enhanced courses combining face-to-face instruction with online learning supports, and exclusively on-line courses.

On campus, students utilize state-of-the-art educational tools such as: life-size adult and pediatric phantoms (simulated human bodies), digital radiographic units, and a fully-integrated online learning management system to prepare them for each of three different practicums at our partner sites. During each practicum, students develop and enhance their clinical skills and judgment by engaging in hands-on care in a rapidly evolving health care system. Students demonstrate progress through graduated levels of competence while applying their growing knowledge and skills to diverse practice situations in a collaboratively supervised clinical environment.

Career/Academic Advancement Opportunities

A certified Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) can pursue advanced practice roles through continuing professional development or completing additional certifications. Other professional opportunities for the certified MRT could include administration, management, leadership, teaching, vendor sales, information technology, and research.

Students who complete this accredited, 24-month continuous study program will receive a Diploma in Medical Radiography. Graduates of the program will be eligible to write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) Certification. Many international credentialing agencies accept a Canadian diploma in Medical Radiography as a criterion for certification examination.

Graduates of the Medical Radiography Program are able to demonstrate the entry-to-practice capabilities for Medical Radiation Technologists as outlined by the CAMRT. Diploma graduates of the Medical Radiography program are also eligible for a variety of Canadian and international programs that offer Bachelor’s degrees in Health Science or related disciplines.


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One of:

  • B in Medical Terminology MOA 155  
  • Completion of a Medical Terminology course consisting of a minimum of 60 hours with a letter grade of B or higher

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Admissions Process

  • The rigor of this program requires students to have a high level of commitment and preparedness to be successful. In order to serve students best, admission processes for many Allied Health programs in British Columbia and across Canada include a selection process whereby applicants are selected, or compete for program entry. The program ranks students according to academic preparedness and non-academic qualities including situational judgement, proven to be reliable predictors of personal commitment and future professional behaviours. Applicants with the highest overall rankings are offered seats in the program. This process enhances students’ likelihood of program success and future employability.
  • All academic application requirements must be completed within the previous five years.
  • Once all applicants have completed the non-academic assessment, the program calculates an aggregate score for each applicant by equally weighting the academic (combined GPA of admission requirements) and non-academic assessment scores (indicators of program and future professional success) to determine which applicants will receive program seat invitations. Once all aggregated scores are totaled, the students selected will be offered seats in the program for a given year, pending completion of the Program Participation Requirements prior to the program start date.
  • The program maintains a short waitlist for late entry into the same year due to student withdrawals or deferrals. Waitlists are not retained for future years. Those applicants meeting the admission requirements, but not gaining a seat in the year of application need to reapply in order to be eligible in a subsequent year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the learner will be able to 

  1. Demonstrate the core professional attributes of a Medical Radiation Technologist as reflected in professional, provincial, and federal policy, legislation, and regulations
  2. Produce optimal quality diagnostic images by applying their knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, professionalism, communication, and scientific principles
  3. Manage clinical interactions proficiently, with cultural humility utilizing best practices in a competent, safe, and responsible manner observing legal and ethical workplace standards
  4. Practice appropriate, accurate, effective communication with members of the public and all members of the health care team
  5. Support and promote a collaborative approach to providing high quality, patient-centered care while ensuring the effective functioning of self
  6. Independently respond to challenging and complex practice situations by evaluating relevant variables to make appropriate decisions or solve problems
  7. Meet the entry to practice requirements of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists for Radiological Technology


Year One

Year Two

Program Participation Requirements

  • Students must accept assigned clinical site placements, subject to availability and capacity.
  • Students must have yearly respirator mask ‘fit-testing’ done. Students will be responsible for completing this process prior to the first clinical experience and for any associated costs.
  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) is required prior to the start of all clinical placements. Annual recertification of BLS must be maintained throughout the program. Students will be responsible for the cost of this certification. 
  • Students must provide evidence that they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before practicum start. Students are responsible for the cost of testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
  • Students must provide evidence of their immunizations or immunity to preventable, communicable diseases. Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the College barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement and/or a clinical/community rotation.
  • Students must provide their own transportation, meals, and accommodations while completing their clinical placement.
  • Criminal Record Check is required.
  • The Provincial Practice Education Guidelines require students to complete the BC Provincial Violence Prevention Training prior to clinical/practicum placements. This training will occur during the program. Students will be notified in sufficient time for the training to occur and this training will be provided by a third party. Students will be responsible for any associated costs. Failure to comply with this training could result in the health care organization, community partner or the college barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until required training is completed. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement. Violence Prevention Training from other provinces does not transfer in and meet the requirements.

Program Completion Requirements

  • achieve at least a 3.0 (C+) or COM in all program courses.