On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Apprentice training delivery
Blended learning delivery method - your course activity is done on-campus and online. It includes scheduled classes and labs, as well as unscheduled coursework. Lab work will continue to be on campus.
Standard delivery method - your course activity is done on-campus in classrooms and labs.
Block release delivery type - your course activity has a fixed start and completion date. You will leave work and attend school for that period.
Weekly apprenticeship training system (WATS) delivery type - your course activity is done in shorter segments over an extended period. You can continue to work full-time while attending school.
Learn more about apprenticeship delivery methods and types at tradesecrets.alberta.ca.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses registered in and successfully completed per semester.
Learn more about program length on SAIT Credentials and the Academic Calendar.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
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 a wide range of 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 practica 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.
Is this the right fit for me?
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 of time 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 are able to successfully demonstrate the skills required to achieve all the competency-based objectives for the program and profession.
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.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Radiologic Technology diploma.
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.
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Graduates can pursue job opportunities in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and public health agencies. Potential positions include:
- radiological technologist
- medical radiation technologist
Experienced medical radiologic technologists often specialize in areas such as angiography, mammography, management and teaching.
Related careers include:
- diagnostic medical sonographer
- dental assistant
Tuition and fees
Estimated cost per year:
Domestic total 2023/24
- Year 1: $11,322
- Year 2: $10,056
Final costs are dependent on the number of courses a student takes per semester.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and achieve at least 50% on the scoring rubric for the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance Testing Process. Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first offered basis, until the program is full.
This program is currently under review and is subject to change for the upcoming academic year. Please check back for updated information.
Mandatory admission requirement
Applicants are required to 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.
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
- a mark of at least 50% in the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance testing process.
All applicants, including those educated in Canada, must demonstrate English language proficiency.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After applying, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited, and you may be required to travel or relocate outside of 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
- Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
- N95 respiratory mask fitting
- Health and wellness status
When should you apply?
Visit our Apply page to see when applications open for upcoming semesters.
To see which semesters this program has intakes for, look at the Available Intakes information at the top of this page.
Please note applications for this program close ahead of the set deadline to allow applicants time to complete the mandatory entrance testing requirements.
Direct entry: 5-step process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Review the information related to the necessary components of the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process.
Step 3: Complete the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process non-academic admission requirement. Ensure that you meet all of the academic admission requirements listed above.
Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
You must submit final transcripts/grades to show you have completed the courses and met the minimum admission requirements by the transcript deadline or your seat will be rescinded.
Communication during admission
Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
We recommend you add firstname.lastname@example.org domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
When do classes start?
Classes for this program adhere to the following year start and end dates based on the semester the student begins their program.
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year-end date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022||June 23, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Sept. 5, 2023||June 28, 2024|
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
Open Studies courses available
Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies.
Open Studies is a great way to explore a certain subject before diving into the full program. See what courses are offered by finding this program on the Open Studies courses tab.
Semester 1 - Fall
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|ANPH-202||Anatomy & Pathology I||3.0|
|APPH-226||Apparatus and Image Management||3.0|
|MEDT-211||Medical Terminology I||1.5|
|MRAD-204||Radiographic Technique I||3.0|
|MRAD-223||Patient Care I||1.5|
|Semester 1 total||15.0|
Semester 2 - Winter
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|ANPH-252||Anatomy & Pathology II||3.0|
|MRAD-240||Specialized Imaging I||1.5|
|MRAD-251||Computed Tomography Theory I||3.0|
|MRAD-256||Radiographic Technique II||3.0|
|MRAD-202||Patient Care II||1.5|
|Semester 2 total||13.5|
Semester 3 - Spring
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|INFC-215*||Infection Prevention and Control||1.5|
|MRAD-209||Professional Practice I||1.5|
|MRAD-281||Computed Tomography Theory II||1.5|
|MRAD-285||Radiographic Applied Skills||1.5|
|Semester 3 total||6.0|
|First year total||34.5|
Semester 4 - Fall
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|MRAD-302||Specialized Imaging II||3.0|
|PRCT-353||Clinical Practicum I||6.0|
|Semester 4 total||9.0|
Semester 5 - Winter
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|MRAD-358||Clinical Integration I||1.5|
|PRCT-356||Clinical Practicum II||6.0|
|QUAL-370||Quality Assurance & Control||3.0|
|Semester 5 total||10.5|
Semester 6 - Spring/Summer (spans two semesters)
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|MRAD-360||Clinical Integration II||1.5|
|MRAD-374||Professional Practice II||1.5|
|PRCT-358||Clinical Practicum II||6.0|
|Semester 6 total||9.0|
|Second year total||28.5|
* Available by correspondence and/or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.
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.
The opportunity to advance your education by transferring in, within or on from SAIT is available.
Learn more about program and institution partnership agreements.
Tuition and fees
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. *
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Total|
**.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.
What your SAIT fees pay for
Student support fee: supports student services and resources to help you succeed throughout your academic career, including services such as Career Advancement Services, and Student Development and Counselling.
Student technology fee: supports improvements to cybersecurity to protect student and institutional information, access to learning material outside the classroom, and technology to enhance the student experience.
Campus recreation fee: supports the provision of recreation and fitness facilities, movement classes, wellness programs, student events, intermural activities, varsity sports programs, and a variety of student engagement initiatives offered throughout the academic year. Exemptions to recreation fees are made in some circumstances.
Upass: provides you with unlimited access to Calgary Transit. Ineligible students are not required to pay this fee. Learn more about eligibility requirements.
Lab and materials fees: ensures SAIT labs and living classrooms have the required equipment and materials to support the necessary training for students.
Laundry fee: covers the cost of laundering the required uniforms. Applicable only to certain programs and apprenticeships.
Saitsa fees: supports the student-led, non-profit organization representing students. Fees support the operation of a variety of student services, activities, and programming.
Health and dental fees: provides access to thousands of dollars in coverage for prescription medication, dental treatments, paramedical services, and multiple other benefits. Domestic students with existing health and dental coverage may opt out. Find more details at saitsa.com/benefits.
Your fees are calculated based on the number of course credits you take per semester (approximately 16 weeks of study). In most cases, your fee is determined based on whether you're taking more or less than nine (9) course credits (more than nine credits in a semester are considered full-time studies.)
Fees are adjusted for programs with start dates outside of the typical 15-week program.
Fees are subject to change without notice.
|Fees||< 9 credits per semester||> 9 credits per semester|
|Campus athletic and recreation||$51.50||$103|
|Student support fee||$52.75||$105.50|
|Student technology fee||$52.75||$105.50|
|Student association fee**||$16.23/credit||$146|
|Health plan***||N/A||$86 ($172 annually)|
|Dental plan***||N/A||$79 ($158 annually)|
*Additional eligibility requirements apply for students to obtain a UPass. To check your eligibility, visit our Upass page.
**Saitsa fees are paid per credit to a maximum amount of $146 per semester.
***Health and dental fees are charged per semester to an annual maximum amount of $172 for health and $158 for dental. In most cases, program fees quoted are based on students paying for a full year of health and dental coverage. International students are charged these fees regardless of course load. Domestic students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Learn more at saitsa.com/benefits.
Books and supplies*
Books and supplies are approximately $2,500 in the first year and $700 in the second year.
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum, including pre-practicum requirements as outlined by the program, and relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.
- Students require a laptop or Apple IPad to support the CompTracker system. The device requires wi-fi capability, and the size is at the discretion of the student. 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.
- 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 update required. All CPR courses must be from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
- There is a fee 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.
- There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
✅ Plan ahead ❗️
You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day.
Your program orientation (ORNT 118) will be held on campus August 31. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.
Learn more about campus orientation.
How to register for classes
You'll need to register for your classes ahead of each semester.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn how to register for your classes and find important registration deadlines.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Additional tech requirements
You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi-enabled Apple tablet with the ability to 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:
- 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)
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.
Students taking a full-time course load, or more than nine (9) credits per semester, will be automatically enrolled in these courses.
They are optional for students taking a part-time course load (9 or fewer credits per semester). Part-time students can register by emailing email@example.com.
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.
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
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