Medical Radiologic Technology

Fall 2016 start: applications are accepted Oct. 21, 2015 to Feb. 29, 2016.

Program Description

Watch a video about Medical Radiologic Technology studies at SAIT PolytechnicAs a two year program offered full-time, Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT) is the art and science of correctly positioning the patient and X-ray equipment to produce and record images for visualizing the extent of disease or injury. The Medical Radiologic Technology program teachesn the medical radiologic technologist to be responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, digital image acquisitions and accessory equipment. Students are in class for the majority of the first year and will complete a three week practicum. The second year is comprised primarily of clinical practica experiences with students returning to SAIT for three weeks of theory instruction. 

Certain courses are available by distance education or continuing education - INFC 215 and MEDT 211. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the Program Outline. Please be advised that full-time student status requires the student to take 60 percent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by distance education or continuing education, students may be considered a part-time student, which may impact their financial loan status. 

To support learning, students will participate in several online courses throughout the practica, and therefore will require access to a computer with Internet access and a printer. Students will be evaluated on lab, competency and performance in the program using a competency tracking system called Comp Tracker. Students are required to have an iPad with Bluetooth keyboard to support the Comp Tracker system while in the program.

Your Career

Graduates find work as medical radiologic technologists in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and public health agencies. Medical radiologic 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, management and teaching. Medical Radiologic Technologists work in environments where they may spend a considerable amount of time standing or sitting and performing tasks that may be repetitive. They must observe safety precautions and ergonomics to reduce the risk of exposures and injury.

Student Success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs. Students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week outside of the class studying.
  • In order to be successful in this program, applicants must have computer literacy. An acceptable computer skill level would include the ability to use word processing and communication software. Educational interaction in this program depends on these computer skills. It is the student's responsibility to ensure adequacy of these skills prior to program admission.
  • Health care practitioners are detail oriented in the care they provide, utilize critical thinking in practice, are eager, persevere and enjoy working in a team environment.
  • Students who experience success in this program have the following characteristics:
    • Exceptional communication skills in English,
    • The ability to handle unpleasant or stressful situations,
    • Capability of lifting heavy patients,
    • Ability to move heavy equipment (pulling/pushing/lifting),
    • Ability to climb several flights of stairs quickly,
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time and work in difficult physical positions,
    • Good physical health including upper body shoulder strength and wrist and hand dexterity and stamina, and
    • Strong vision and hearing.
  • Individuals with previous chronic or repetitive strain injuries have experienced re-injury or aggravation of these conditions in this program and/or as a technologist.
  • During the clinical portion of the program, students are expected to participate in normal medical radiologic technology shift work including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.