Advanced Diploma in Medical Radiation Technology

General

Program Description

Controlling and operating the powerful technology that help save lives is as important as a career gets. If you are passionate about helping those most in need and have a desire for professional and personal fulfillment, the Medical Radiation Technology program will give you the skills necessary to become part of a valued medical team as a Radiological Technologist.

You will begin the three-year program by developing technical imaging expertise through a combination of classroom instruction and lab work in Fanshawe's new digital, state-of-the-art MRT lab. As well, you will gain invaluable hands-on experience by completing a 54-week clinical placement at a hospital in Ontario.

Imaging is both an art and a science. You will study courses such as human anatomy, radiobiology, and radiographic procedures, along with developing your communication and patient care skills to care for a diverse population. Hospital training occurs in the areas of general radiology, emergency departments, operating rooms, intensive care units, and interventional suites. X-ray technologists also perform procedures such as computed tomography (CT) with and without IV contrast injections, angiography, mammography, mobile radiography and more.

When you graduate, you will be eligible to write the national certification exam of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists and go on to work as a Radiological Technologist in the diagnostic imaging department of a hospital or medical clinic.

Other Information

  • Due to the academic rigor required in the Medical Radiation Technology program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program. The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is an excellent preparatory program for those considering a career as a health care professional.
  • Certification: Graduates of the Medical Radiation Technology program are eligible to write certification examinations by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists followed by registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario.
  • Eligibility for registration in Ontario in any regulated health discipline requires the candidate to provide information regarding any criminal offense or physical/mental condition which may affect practice.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Produce and assess a variety of high-quality diagnostic images employing current technologies for image acquisition and processing.
  2. Interpret requests and adapt procedures relative to patient and diagnostic image requirements in routine and complex clinical cases.
  3. Comply with relevant legislation, regulations and ethical standards for the best practice in diagnostic imaging.
  4. Employ accepted radiation, health and safety practices with self, patients, their families, and health care team members in a variety of clinical settings.
  5. Provide quality care to diverse patients in assessment, diagnostic imaging, and therapeutic intervention, while incorporating patient advocacy and education to patients, their family, health care team members and the public.
  6. Monitor patients' status at all times and respond to emergency situations where indicated.
  7. Operate, calibrate, set up, troubleshoot and evaluate a variety of complex equipment safely.
  8. Analyze a broad range of diagnostic imaging procedures to assist physicians in the diagnosis and management of multiple system disorders.
  9. Interact with patients, their families, the health care team members and the public using effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  10. Exhibit behavior consistent with the professional role of a medical radiation technologist, including teamwork, provision of health education and establishment of strategies for lifelong learning.

Courses

Level 1

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • WRIT-1048 Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences
  • RADL-1001 Radiographic Procedures 1
  • RADL-1014 Diagnostic Imaging
  • RADL-1015 Medical Radiation Sciences 1
  • RADL-1016 Patient Management 1
  • RADL-1005 Anatomy & Physiology 1

Level 2

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • RADL-3001 Radiographic Procedures 2
  • RADL-3010 Medical Radiation Sciences 2
  • RADL-3004 Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • RADL-1007 Radiation Protection & Radiobiology
  • RADL-3009 Patient Management 2
  • RADL-1017 Professional Practice

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • RADL-5012 Imaging Applications/Quality Management
  • RADL-3015 Sectional Anatomy
  • RADL-5014 Radiographic Procedures 3
  • HLTH-1101 Research Principles: Intro
  • RADL-3014 Pathology

Level 4

Take the following Mandatory Course:

  • RADL-1011 Clinical Practicum 1

Level 5

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • RADL-3006 Clinical Practicum 2
  • RADL-1018 Theory Review Test 1

Level 6

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • RADL-3007 Clinical Practicum 3
  • RADL-3013 Theory Review Test 2

Level 7

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • RADL-5015 Capstone
  • RADL-5011 Clinical Practicum 4

General Education - Electives

  • Take 6 General Education Credits - Normally Taken in Level 1 and 2

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 43 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available.

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:
    • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
      (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)

or

  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) with:
    • Communications
    • Core Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Biology
      (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)

or

  • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate* (Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) and:
    • a minimum final grade of 'B' or 70 in the required courses stated above

or

  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) with:
  • The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 560 and:
    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
      (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)

or

  • Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listenings), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 65, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 12 Science (M)
  • Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should have a keen sense of responsibility, positive attitude, empathy to understand others' feelings, tact, courtesy and an interest in the welfare of others.
  • Good problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to put people at ease.
  • This is a physically demanding occupation. Medical Radiation Technologists are on their feet for most of their shift. They handle very heavy equipment, move equipment positioned at heights of about 2 meters, lift accessory equipment weighing up to 10 kilograms and help patients move.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Note:

Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Medical Radiation Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Medical Radiation Technology program. The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Medical Radiation Technology program.

*Students who are currently registered in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2020, and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Medical Radiation Technology program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Medical Radiation Technology program.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time-sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement

Career Opportunities

The graduate technologist uses ionizing radiation under the direction of a radiologist to produce images that assist in the diagnosis of a disease or traumatic conditions. The CAMRT certificate qualifies the technologist to work in a wide range of hospitals, medical clinics, private radiologist's offices and in industry.

Last updated Jan 2020

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