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Medical Radiologic Technology

Closed for Fall 2021

Length: 22 months Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Overview

Advance your career in the health and medical industry. Through a combination of theory and clinical practice, gain knowledge and experience in the areas of general X-ray imaging, fluoroscopy and computed tomography. Learn how to use different forms of radiological equipment to perform exams that aid in the diagnosis of disease and injury.

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 is a two-year, full-time program where students are trained as medical radiologic technologists, responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, the production of digital images and use of accessory medical equipment.

In the first year, students 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.

The second year involves on-line courses focusing on specialized imaging, clinical integration, quality assurance and control and professional practice. Students will also concurrently complete three clinical practica where they rotate through general and specialized medical radiologic technology departments, applying what they have learned in these clinical settings.

Is this the right fit for me?

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 the adequacy of these skills prior to program admission. In addition, students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week outside of the class studying.

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
  • the 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
  • 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.

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs. 

Accreditation

Graduates from this program are eligible to challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam which is a requirement for registration and employment for medical radiologic technologists in Canada.

The Medical Radiologic Technology program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Accreditation Canada. The program also works closely with our Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Committee to ensure that our curriculum continues to meet or exceed provincial and national accreditation standards.

Credentials

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

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Career opportunities

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 per year*

Year 1: $9,212
Year 2: $7,842

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

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.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 are accepted Oct. 7, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021.
Term Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 June 24, 2022

*Students completing their second year of study will finish classes on Aug. 19, 2022.

How to apply

SAIT's Medical Radiologic Technology program

Medical radiologic technologists are responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, film processing units and accessory equipment. Graduates are prepared to find work in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices and public health agencies.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection*

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are accepted Oct. 7, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: application are accepted Oct 6, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022

*This program does not accept international students

Admission Requirements

At least 75% in the following courses or equivalents:

        Entrance testing process

NOTE: Anticipated final grades will not be accepted for the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process.

Admission is offered on a first-qualifed, first-offered basis, until the program is full.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: five-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.

Step 4: Apply to the Medical Radiological Technology program and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first offered basis, until the program is full. 

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. Find out how to monitor your application status.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being 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 clinical.supportservices@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Practicum Requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students will be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement at a later date. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates 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

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Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

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
RADP-215 Radiation Protection 3.0
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-254 Fluoroscopic Imaging 1.5
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

Second Year

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
Program Total 63.0
* 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.

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. 

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $7,879 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $9,212
2 $6,509 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,842

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

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 device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our  computers and laptops page.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester.
  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam fees are approximately $840 with an additional $125 exam registration fee.
  • Annual dues to the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists are approximately $100.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • 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 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.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

    * 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. 

    Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

    Get started on pre-orientation requirements

    Fall 2021

    Orientation

    Your program orientation will take place on Sept.2. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
    Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

    We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    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

    Required equipment/tools

    You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum 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. 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 (colored piping accents are acceptable)
    • Closed-toe and heel footwear in plain white or black (no logos or stripes of color), runners or duty shoes.
    • Short black/white lab coat (optional)

    Other requirements

    • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course.
    • N95 respiratory mask fit-testing
    • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check 
    • Immunization record
    • Health and Wellness
    • Status Safety Code 35: Procedures for the Installation

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to 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.

    Required textbooks

    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 required this term.

    Contact 

    Phone: 403.284.8481
    Email: hps.info@sait.ca

    Next steps for all students

    Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

    Next steps for accepted students

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    Have questions about this program?

    Contact us at

    School of Health and Public Safety
    403.284.8500
    hps.info@sait.ca

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