Mandatory requirements

Applicants for this program are required to complete the School of Health and Public Safety entrance testing process as an admission requirement for this program by the set deadlines. Review admission requirements for more details.

Overview

Medical Radiologic Technology 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.

This program will train you as a medical radiologic technologist responsible for safely and competently operating various X-ray-generating machines, digital image production, and accessory medical equipment.

You will complete courses in anatomy and pathology, apparatus and image management, computed tomography, radiation protection, general and specialized radiographic techniques, professional practice and patient care.

You'll also focus on specialized imaging, clinical integration, quality assurance and control, and professional practice.

Finally, you'll complete three clinical practicums where you rotate through general and specialized medical radiologic technology departments, applying what you have learned in these clinical settings. Based on the availability of the practicum sites, you may have to travel or relocate outside of Calgary and, in some circumstances, to another province and participate in shiftwork, including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.

You'll experience success in this program and profession by developing the following traits, skills and aptitudes:

  • fine motor skills
  • critical thinking and adaptability
  • effective communication skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening)
  • ability to work independently
  • actively participate in classroom, lab, and practicum activities as scheduled by the program
  • ability to work well under stress, maintain professional behaviour and emotionally self-regulate
  • ability to use technology
  • attention to detail
  • can wear Personal Protective Equipment for extended periods and tolerate latex and disinfection chemicals
  • willing to work extended hours, including nights and/or weekends and shift work
  • ability to tolerate the sight of human blood and tissue
  • ability to assist in transporting, lifting, and positioning patients and/or equipment and meet the physical demands of the job (for example, spending most hours working on your feet, walking, bending, and other repetitive tasks.) Please note that 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
  • ability to reach, handle, and move equipment at a minimum height of 180cm (to move overhead equipment)
  • comfortable with performing patient care procedures which may be sensitive or performed in close proximity

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to refer to the ALIS website for career, learning, and employment information for Medical Radiologic Technology, as well as the governing body’s competency profile for the profession, to ensure that they can successfully demonstrate the skills required to achieve all the competency-based objectives for the program and profession.

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

You will complete three clinical practicums in this program. 

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practicum partners in Alberta and Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited, and you may be required to travel or relocate outside the city.

Successful applicants will be assigned their practicum placement. While we'll strive to assign your practicum location based on your preference, it is not guaranteed. Special considerations will not be given. You will be responsible for fees associated with the practicum, such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, you will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Current Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Care Provider Level (C) CPR
  • Updated immunization records
  • Police information check 
  • N95 respiratory mask fitting
  • Health and wellness status

Learn more about practicum requirements 

The Medical Radiologic Technology program delivered by SAIT is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

The program also works closely with our Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Committee to ensure our curriculum continues to meet or exceed provincial and national accreditation standards.

Graduates can challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam, a requirement for registration and employment for medical radiologic technologists in Canada.

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Radiologic Technology diploma.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 100% graduate employment rate

salary icon $67,500 average starting salary

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 32121, 32122, 32124, 32129, 33103.

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You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

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Courses

The Medical Radiologic Technology diploma requires 63 credits (24 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with three semesters each year.

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Course Credits

Anatomy and Pathology 1 focuses on select clinical and anatomic presentations of human health and disease states from the standpoint of the radiologic technologist. Conventional anatomic presentations and images from a variety of medical diagnostic modalities related to the central nervous, endocrine, immune, and cardiovascular systems and hemopoietic sub-system, will be used to demonstrate how structural and functional changes affect radiographic appearances, procedures and protocols.

Corequsites:
  • APPH 226
  • MRAD 204
  • MRAD 223
  • RADP 215
3

Anatomy and Pathology 2 is a continuation of the course material studied in Anatomy and Pathology 1. Conventional anatomic presentations and images from a variety of medical diagnostic modalities related to the respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, skeletal, and genitourinary systems will be used to demonstrate how structural and functional changes affect radiographic appearances, procedures and protocols.

Pre-requisites:
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MEDT 211
  • MRAD 204
  • MRAD 223
  • RADP 215
Corequsites:
  • MRAD 254
  • MRAD 256
3

Apparatus and Imaging Management presents the principles of X-ray image formation and manipulation. An explanation of how radiographic equipment works and the ways in which the results can be manipulated in order to obtain the best diagnostic image are discussed. Application of theory and hands-on work with X-rays will help encourage the critical thinking skills required to control image quality as well as safely operate the imaging equipment.

Corequsites:
  • ANPH 202
  • MRAD 204
  • MRAD 223
  • RADP 215
3

The chain of infection and methods of prevention and control of microorganisms, including blood borne viruses such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will be reviewed. Immunization, routine practice, additional isolation precautions, sterilization and disinfection, safety and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are also covered.

1.5

This self-directed introductory course enables the learner to use and understand the medical terminology common to most allied health personnel. By learning prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, the learner will be able to build, use, and spell medical words that relate to body systems and body organization. Common abbreviations and symbols are also included.

1.5

Patient Care 2 prepares learners for working with isolation patients in a safe and respectful manner. Focus will be placed upon how radiographers addresses medical emergencies. Pharmaceuticals will be explored related to the systems of the body and the medications’ purposes. The principles of vital signs will also be taught and the patient care labs will allow learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a lab environment.

Pre-requisites:
  • MRAD 223
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MEDT 211
  • MRAD 204
  • RADP 215
1.5

Radiographic Technique 1 presents an introduction to the positioning of patients for radiographic imaging. Through a blend of theory and hands-on experience, importance will be placed upon correct standards of positioning, the positioning nomenclature and how to develop a workflow. The hands-on component includes performing and critiquing radiographic exposures, identifying radiographic anatomy and developing the cognitive and affective skills to correct mistakes and problem solve.

Corequsites:
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MRAD 223
  • RADP 215
3

Professional Practice 1 is a general introduction to the field of Medical Radiation Technology. Learners will cover a variety of topic areas including the technologist in the workplace, legal issues and relevant professional organizations. There will also be discussions on risk management, professional conduct, with an emphasis on the importance of customer service, conflict management, and problem-solving.

Pre-requisites:
  • ANPH 252
  • MRAD 202
  • MRAD 240
  • MRAD 251
  • MRAD 254
  • MRAD 256
Corequsites:

MRAD 285

1.5

Patient Care 1 introduces the principles, concepts and applications of proper body mechanics and patient transfers. Documentation, policies, procedures and their importance will be emphasized. The purposes and uses of other types of medical accessory equipment will also be covered.

Corequsites:
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MRAD 204
  • RADP 215
1.5

In Specialized Imaging 1 the essentials of applying medical and surgical asepsis in healthcare settings are covered. Learners will participate in preparing for, and assisting with, sterile procedures and will practice contact and behaviour required in these unique environments. Diagnostic equipment, its’ capabilities, and adaptions to procedures for special demographic groups will also be covered.

Pre-requisites:
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MEDT 211
  • MRAD 204
  • RADP 215
Corequsites:

ANPH 252

1.5

Computed Tomography Theory 1 provides learners with an overview of computed tomography (CT), basic principles of CT, equipment, image acquisition, reconstruction and quality control. Emphasis will be placed on safety, patient care, assessment and contrast administration.

Pre-requisites:

One of:

  • APPH 226
  • PHYS 209
3

Fluoroscopic Imaging introduces how fluoroscopic equipment works and its’ numerous features. Different procedures used to determine the function capabilities and anatomical structures for the digestive, biliary and genitourinary systems will be introduced. Patient care, radiation dose and patient positioning related to these procedures will also be covered.

Pre-requisites:
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MEDT 211
  • MRAD 204
  • MRAD 223
  • RADP 215
Corequsites:

ANPH 252

1.5

Radiographic Technique 2 expands on Radiographic Technique 1 and covers radiographic procedures for more complex anatomical structures, including the vertebrae, thorax, cranium and facial bones. Standard radiographic positioning, exposures and procedures will be discussed, in addition to nomenclature and how to develop a workflow. A hands-on component will allow learners to practice critiquing radiographic images, correcting mistakes and using problem solving skills in the clinical environment.

Pre-requisites:
  • ANPH 202
  • MRAD 204
  • APPH 226
  • MEDT 211
  • MRAD 223
  • RADP 215
Corequsites:

ANPH 252

3

Computed Tomography Theory 2 covers routine computed tomography (CT) procedures and protocols along with the cross-sectional anatomy of the abdomen, chest, head, neck, pelvis, spine and extremities. In addition, focus will be placed on identifying anatomical structures on various cross-sectional imaging planes.

Pre-requisites:

MRAD 251

1.5

This course introduces adaptive radiology, the process of modifying procedures, and patient care skills to meet specific situations. Assessing and managing patients using effective communication and problem-solving strategies will be performed in a lab setting. Focus will also be placed upon critical thinking, teamwork, conflict management, and decision-making skills in the workplace.

Pre-requisites:
  • ANPH 252
  • MRAD 202
  • MRAD 240
  • MRAD 251
  • MRAD 254
  • MRAD 256
Corequsites:

MRAD 209

1.5

Specialized Imaging 2 presents specialized examinations, equipment and related procedures used for imaging various body systems. Focus will be placed on bone density, mammography, angiography, radiation protection and patient care. Adjunct diagnostic imaging modalities will also be covered.

Pre-requisites:
  • INFC 215
  • MRAD 209
  • MRAD 281
  • MRAD 285
Corequsites:

PRCT 353

3

Clinical Integration 1 reviews medical radiographic technology concepts covered to-date and provides learners with opportunities to integrate their experiences in the clinical environment with theoretical concepts. Preparation for the national CAMRT exam will also be covered.

Pre-requisites:
  • MRAD 302
  • PRCT 353
Corequsites:

PRCT 356

1.5

Clinical Integration 2 builds upon Clinical Integration 1 with more technologically-advanced concepts related to medical radiologic technology imaging being presented. Opportunities are provided for the learner to integrate theoretical concepts in a clinical environment. Preparation for the national Canadian Association of Medical Radiologic Technologists (CAMRT) exam will also be covered.

Pre-requisites:
  • PRCT 356
  • MRAD 358
  • QUAL 370
Corequsites:

PRCT 358

1.5

This course reviews elements of the research process. Topics include forming a research question, designing research strategies, and analyzing research data.

Pre-requisites:
One of:
  • DMST 217
  • PRCT 356
1.5

Clinical Practicum 1 involves performing procedures under the supervision of registered technologists in a clinical environment. Aspects of clinical work covered include practice in patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment use, radiation protection and image evaluation.

Pre-requisites:
  • INFC 215
  • MRAD 209
  • MRAD 281
  • MRAD 285
Corequsites:

MRAD 302

6

Clinical Practicum 2 provides learners with an opportunity to perform patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment use, and radiation protection in a radiology department. Emphasis is placed on mastering image evaluation, typical positioning and more advanced procedures.

Pre-requisites:
  • MRAD 302
  • PRCT 353
Corequsites:
  • MRAD 358
  • QUAL 370
6

Clinical Practicum 3 builds on the previous practical and involves clinical education under the supervision of registered technologists. Focus will be on continued practice in patient care and handling, radiographic positioning, equipment use, radiation protection, quality control and image evaluation. Mastering advanced procedures will also be emphasized.

Pre-requisites:
  • MRAD 358
  • PRCT 356
  • QUAL 370
Corequsites:
  • MRAD 360
  • MRAD 374
6

Quality Assurance & Control provides an introduction to quality control tests for radiographic equipment and the development and maintenance of a quality assurance program. The values of resource management and quality assurance in the diagnostic imaging department will also be discussed.

Pre-requisites:
  • MRAD 302
  • PRCT 353
Corequsites:

PRCT 356

3

Radiation Protection introduces radiographic policies, regulations and procedures that are based on the as-low-as-reasonably-achievable (ALARA) principle for the protection of self, the patient and the other individuals who may find themselves exposed to medical radiation. Topics will also include the effects of ionizing radiation on body tissues and the detection and measurement of radiation.

Corequsites:
  • ANPH 202
  • APPH 226
  • MRAD 204
  • MRAD 223
3

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

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Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

At least 75% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 30-1, or Math 30-2, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1, AND,
  • Physics 30, AND,
  • One of either Biology 30, Chemistry 30, or Science 30

AND 

  • a mark of at least 50% in the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance testing process.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Closed
  • Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

Costs

Costs 2023/24

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2.5* $9,522 $1,800 $11,322
2 3 $7,866 $2,190 $10,056
Total cost:
$21,378

*.5 indicates a combination of full-time semester(s) and part-time semester(s) in the same academic year. In many cases, students are completing a practicum during their part-time semester. Part-time students are those taking less than nine (9) course credits in a semester.

Books and supplies are approximately $2,500 in the first year and $700 in the second year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum, including pre-practicum requirements outlined by the program and relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.

Tech requirements

You will be evaluated on your competency performance level using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wifi-enabled Apple tablet that can run the most up-to-date operating system to support the CompTracker system.

  • Any size tablet is acceptable.
  • Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory.
  • Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker.

There is a required user license fee billed on a per-semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

For your first day of labs, your required uniform should include the following:

  • Plain black scrub-style pants and top (coloured piping accents are acceptable)
  • Closed-toe and heel footwear in plain white or black (no logos or stripes of colour), runners, or duty shoes.
  • Short black/white lab coat (optional)

Additional fees

  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam fees are approximately $840, with an additional exam registration fee.
  • Annual dues to the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists are approximately $100.
  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR annual updates are required. All CPR courses must be from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • A fee is associated with obtaining a police information check, including a Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • A fee of approximately $50-$100 is associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission, which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.
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Application process

Applicants must meet or exceed a score of 50% in the School of Health and Public Safety entrance testing process as an admission requirement for this program by the set deadlines. 

These deadlines may be different than the typical application closing dates.

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We recommend you add hps.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

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Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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