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.
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/credits successfully completed per semester.
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.
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.
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. They will also focus on specialized imaging, clinical integration, quality assurance and control, and professional practice. Additionally, students will 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?
Students who experience success in this program and profession:
- have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
- are committed to the significant additional self-study required
- have basic computer literacy, including the ability to use word processing and communication software
- are detail oriented and use critical thinking in practice
- demonstrate compassion for patients and colleagues
- are eager, persevere, and enjoy working in a team environment
- have exceptional communication skills in English
- are able to handle unpleasant or stressful situations
- are in good health and physically fit, including the ability to
- lift heavy patients
- push, pull, and lift heavy equipment
- climb several flights of stairs quickly
- stand for long periods of time and work in difficult positions, while performing repetitive tasks, and,
- employ strong hand and finger dexterity
- have strong vision and hearing
- are mindful of observing safety precautions and proper ergonomics in order to reduce the risk of exposure and injury.
- 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.
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 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.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Radiologic Technology diploma.
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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
- Year 1: $10,423
- Year 2: $9,066
Final costs are dependent on the number of course credits 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.
When do classes start?
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year-end date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022||June 23, 2023|
- Fall 2022 start: applications are accepted Oct 6, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022.
Please note: Access to the MRT Profession Specific Entrance Assessment will close end of day Feb. 11, 2022.
At least 75% in the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
- English Language Arts 30-1
- Physics 30
- one of either Biology 30 or Chemistry 30 or Science 30
- a mark of at least 50% on the scoring rubric for the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance Testing Process.
All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in 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.
- Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first offered basis, until the program is full.
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 email@example.com and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
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
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
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 through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.
Domestic tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $251
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
*Maximum fee. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits a student takes per semester and whether they opt-out of health and dental benefits.
- Campus athletic and recreation fee: $245
- Universal transit pass (Upass): $320
- Student support fee: $250
- Student technology fee: $250
Student Association fee
- Maximum: $436.50
This is the maximum amount the student will pay. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits the students take per semester.
Health and dental fees
- Health plan: $127
- Dental plan: $135
Students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Please refer to Saitsa's website for information.
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 - learn more.
- 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.
Learn more 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.
Your program orientation (ORNT 118) will be held campus on Sept. 1. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.
Learn more about campus orientation.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for Winter 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.