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School of Health and Life Sciences

Medical Radiologic Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Medical Radiologic Technology (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Medical Radiologic Technology (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Medical Radiologic Technology is the art and science of correctly positioning the patient and X-ray equipment to produce and record images for the purpose of visualizing the extent of disease or injury to a patient. The majority of X-ray examinations are performed in the Diagnostic Imaging Department; however, they are also carried out in the operating room, in the emergency department, on wards and in specialized intensive care units.

The Medical Radiologic Technology program teaches students how to perform X-rays, including evaluating the diagnostic quality of images, patient care and quality control. Students also gain expert knowledge in radiation safety and protection practices. Many of the radiographic examinations and procedures involve working alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Students attend classes on a full-time basis at NAIT. Upon completion of Level 1, the student progresses to an affiliated clinical site to complete the clinical training.Shift rotation including evenings, nights and weekend days, during the clinical phase will be scheduled.

Many of the radiographic examinations and procedures involve working alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel. The ability to work independently and/or closely with others are important requirements for an effective medical radiologic technologist.

Classroom & Study Hours

Students can expect to spend, on average:

  • 25 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
  • 10 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
  • 40 hours per week during clinical (hours may include early or late shifts and some weekends).


Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

The Medical Radiologic Technology field continues to experience tremendous technological changes in diagnostic methods due to the incorporation of computers and advancements in digital imaging technology. Therefore, the medical radiologic technologist is responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, image processing units and accessory equipment.

Working in hospitals

Most technologists work in hospitals in a variety of areas, including:

  • emergency
  • operating rooms
  • mobile radiography
  • fluoroscopy
  • general radiography

The majority work shifts and sometimes are on call.

Working in clinics

Other radiological technologists work in in community clinics; although they enjoy regular office hours, they may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

Possible areas of specialization

Technologists who demonstrate interest in their work and through experience and further education gain a high level of technical excellence may advance to areas of specialization such as:

  • computerized tomography
  • angiography
  • mammography
  • software applications
  • management and instructing

Canadian Forces

This program has been recognized by Canadian Forces, therefore opportunities for students and graduates may be available. For more information visit www.forces.ca/

Have questions? We've got answers

General program information & Radiology department tours:

  • Email: mrt@nait.ca
  • Tel:780.378.5323
  • Fax:780.471.8522

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Term 1

MRAD1120Health and Safety
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRAD1170
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn and apply the standards and applications of infection control, radiation safety, patient care, and patient safety within a healthcare setting.

MRAD1180Professional Practice
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will become familiar with the Canadian healthcare system which will include ethics and professional behaviors.

RADI1130Image Acquisition and Quality Management
  • Open Studies: Available

Students learn the principles, operation, and quality control testing of x-ray generating equipment and image acquisition modalities. Laboratory sessions will provide students experience with using radiographic imaging systems and quality control test tools.

RADI1165Radiographic Imaging of the Appendicular Skeleton
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Co-requisites: RADI1130, MRAD1120 or (CLXT1101,RADI1130).
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn radiographic positioning techniques of the appendicular skeleton in a laboratory setting. Radiographic images will be produced using anthropomorphic phantoms. Students will critique radiographic images which include identifying soft tissues and skeletal structures.

RSCH1100Research in Healthcare
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will be introduced to research methodologies, evidence-based practices, information collection, and critical appraisal of research literature in healthcare. This course will provide healthcare students with the underlying theory and practical skills required to participate in research activities.

Term 2

MRAD1220Specialized Procedures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisite: MRAD1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn the fundamentals of specialized radiographic procedures in a variety of clinical settings. They will also be certified to perform venipuncture.

MRAD1230Specialized Imaging Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisites: RADI1130, MRAD1120, MRAD1180. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the principles of operation and quality control testing of fluoroscopic imaging systems and the principles of operation of Computed Tomography (CT) imaging equipment in relation to clinical practice. Students also study the fundamental elements of a quality management program applied within Diagnostic Imaging departments.

MRAD1280Computed Tomography Procedures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisites: MRAD1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn in both lecture and laboratory settings to evaluate CT procedures of the head, spine, extremities, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Students examine cross-sectional images, identifying skeletal structures, soft tissues with and without contrast enhancement.

RADI1210Pathology and Adaptive Radiography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiological Technology program. Co-requisite: RADI1260. Prerequisite: RADI1160 or RADI1165.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In a laboratory setting, students learn to adapt radiographic procedures based on patient condition. Students recognize pathologies associated with the appendicular long bones and joints and axial skeleton, thorax, abdomen and nervous system.

RADI1260Radiographic Positioning of the Axial Skeleton, Thorax and Abdomen
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiological Technology program. Prerequisites: RADI1130, RADI1165, MRAD1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn radiographic positioning techniques of the axial skeleton, thorax and abdomen in a laboratory setting. Students produce radiographic images using anthropomorphic phantoms and critique radiographic images, identifying skeletal structures and soft tissues with and without contrast enhancement.

Term 3

MRAD1390Clinical Applications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisites: RADI1260, MRAD1230. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students participate in clinical education at assigned Diagnostic Imaging (DI) departments performing procedures under the supervision of registered technologists and program clinical faculty. Students practice patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment utilization, radiation protection, and image evaluation. Students enhance their skills and attitudes as a team member and progress to becoming a health care practitioner. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured in a variety of ways. Emphasis is placed on progressing towards competence in all imaging procedures identified in the National Competency Profile (NCP). Clinical rotations include imaging of the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as imaging procedures in Computed Tomography (CT). Students will observe/participate in imaging procedures for vascular/interventional studies, Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and mammography.

Term 4

MRAD2490Clinical Applications II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisites: MRAD1390.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students participate in clinical education at assigned Diagnostic Imaging (DI) departments performing procedures under the supervision of registered technologists and program clinical faculty. Students practice patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment utilization, radiation protection, and image evaluation. Students enhance their skills and attitudes as a team member and progress to becoming a health care practitioner. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured in a variety of ways. Emphasis is placed on progressing towards competence in all imaging procedures identified in the National Competency Profile (NCP). Clinical rotations include imaging of the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as imaging procedures in Computed Tomography (CT). Students will observe/participate in imaging procedures for vascular/interventional studies, Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and mammography.

Term 5

IPHE1201Interprofessional Healthcare Education
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students from different health care professions will learn with, from and about one another to improve patient care. Role clarity, communication, and patient-centered care will be explored, along with conflict, team work and patient safety from an interprofessional perspective. Students will use these skills to practice effectively within a diverse interprofessional team.

MRAD2590Clinical Applications III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisites: MRAD2490.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students participate in clinical education at assigned Diagnostic Imaging (DI) departments performing procedures under the supervision of registered technologists and program clinical faculty. Students practice patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment utilization, radiation protection, and image evaluation. Students enhance their skills and attitudes as a team member and progress to becoming a health care practitioner. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured in a variety of ways. Emphasis is placed on progressing towards competence in all imaging procedures identified in the National Competency Profile (NCP). Clinical rotations include imaging of the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as imaging procedures in Computed Tomography (CT). Students will observe/participate in imaging procedures for vascular/interventional studies, Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and mammography.

Term 6

MRAD2690Clinical Applications IV
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Prerequisites: MRAD2590.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students participate in clinical education at assigned Diagnostic Imaging (DI) departments performing procedures under the supervision of registered technologists and program clinical faculty. Students practice patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment utilization, radiation protection, and image evaluation. Students enhance their skills and attitudes as a team member and progress to becoming a health care practitioner. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured in a variety of ways. Emphasis is placed on progressing towards competence in all imaging procedures identified in the National Competency Profile (NCP). Clinical rotations include imaging of the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as imaging procedures in Computed Tomography (CT). Students will observe/participate in imaging procedures for vascular/interventional studies, Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and mammography.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $925
Tuition Cap: $8,653

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Please contact the program area for more information.

The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2020

Term Start Date: Sep 08, 2020

Entrance Requirements

  • 75% in each of:

    • English 30-1 or 30-2
    • Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30
    • Physics 30
    • Biology 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • 5 or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a minimum final grade of 60%. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ANPH100 Anatomy and Physiology. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a minimum passing grade of 60% by July 31st.

  • 1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a minimum final grade of 60% or completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ITMS100- Medical Terminology. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a minimum passing grade of 60% by July 31st.

  • Online Interview:

    • The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
    • The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
    • Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information.

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 83.5%.

Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.

Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to the Student Selection Criteria and Process for more information.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS)

Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification prior to commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support.

  • Immunization - General

Once accepted into the program, students must ensure their immunizations are current to the Alberta Health Services Immunization Standards. The program will contact you with specific instructions for completing the immunization requirements. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progression in the program.

  • Police Check

Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.

  • Computer Literacy - Basic

Basic computer literacy is required for a successful progression in this course. This comprises, but is not limited to, possessing fluency in basic word processing, spreadsheet creation, and an understanding of email and web best practices.

  • Computer Requirement - General

Students are required to have laptop computers for the duration of their studies at NAIT. This is referred to as BYOD (bring your own device). Exact laptop specifications will be provided to the students upon acceptance.

NAIT provides a wireless environment for all students to use. NAIT students can also utilize the virtual environment (VDI) to access coursework and program-related software both on and off campus.

  • Health Requirement - Physical Ailments

Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the program.

  • Program Exploration Activities: Applicants are encouraged to complete the following activities ensure an adequate understanding of the Medical Radiologic Technology program and profession:
  • Review the program website
  • Attend Open House
  • Attend Program Preview

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Open Studies

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International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 4

Criteria:
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.

Katie & John Lashuk Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to second year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.

Eileen Turgeon Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, Advanced Care Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Helen Balazs-Peters Scholarship - Spring $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a second year student enrolled in the Medical Radiologic Technology program. Awarded on the basis of second highest academic achievement in the "Didactic Radiologic Technology" courses in the first year of the program. The selected student must successfully complete the program within the prescribed program limit to be eligible for the scholarship.

TH Bursary I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.

TH Bursary II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.

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