Medical Radiologic Technology – Red River College

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Overview
The College has enough applications for this program to fill all available seats for the August 2012 intake.

The next application intake period is January 16 to February 3, 2012 for August 2013 or later intakes.

•Two-year diploma
•September entry date*
•Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg and several clinical training hospitals
•Clinical work experience
•Nationally accredited by the Canadian Medical Association
•Graduates are eligible to challenge the national exams of the CAMRT
•Due to high demand, this program is open to Manitoba residents only
Description
Medical Radiologic (or x-ray) technologists produce images of a body part or system using equipment that emits x-rays. This program develops the skills required to perform diagnostic/interventional imaging procedures using ionizing radiation and diagnostic imaging equipment.

The profession of radiological technologist involves a broad variety of procedures and covers a number of specialties including:

•General radiography, i.e., x-rays of the chest, bones, joints, gastrointestinal studies, and spine
•Mammography to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages
•Angiography to examine the heart, blood vessels, and blood flow
•Fluoroscopy, i.e., real-time images that show movement
•Computerized tomography (CT scans), i.e., detailed cross-sectional images of the body
As part of their professional duty, technologists:

•Explain the procedure to patients
•Answer questions as fully as possible
•Contribute to patient education
•Comfort patients and provide emotional support
•Position patients and equipment correctly
•Ensure patients, staff, and visitors are protected from radiation
•Monitor patients during the procedure
•Assist the radiologist for angiographs and interventional procedures
•Operate the equipment
The radiologist, a doctor who specializes in interpreting x-rays, studies the images and dispenses advice that helps the treating physician make a diagnosis and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment to the patient.

Radiological technologists make up about 80% of the 10,000 members represented by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).  Visit www.camrt.ca for more information.

This program has been recognized by the Canadian Forces. Visit http://cfo-oafc.accc.ca/search.php for recognition information.

Applicants who are interested in working in rural locations are encouraged to review the Diagnostic Services of Manitoba website at http://www.dsmanitoba.ca/careers/sponsorships.html
Admission Requirements
To apply to this program, you must:

1.Have 27 credit hours of post-secondary education* from a recognized college or university including:
– Introduction to Physics (6 credits)
– Structure and Modeling in Chemistry (3 credits)
– Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
– Introduction to Sociology (6 credits)
– Basic Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
– Communications (3 credits)
and
2.Attend a program information session conducted by the Medical Radiologic Technology Department
and
3.Complete two days of occupational familiarization (an observation experience) to the Medical Radiologic Technology profession at a hospital or x-ray clinic (to be arranged by the College)
and
4.Submit a completed Red River College Immunization Records form
Upon acceptance into the program, you must submit official Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector and Provincial Child Abuse Registry check documents and evidence of current certification in Standard First Aid and the Basic Rescuer level of CPR.

*See a listing of post-secondary education equivalencies at www.rrc.mb.ca/files/File/catalogue/AlliedHealthEquivalencies.pdf. You must have completed or be enrolled in post-secondary entrance prerequisites at the time of application. You must provide proof of enrolment. Post-secondary transcripts must be submitted directly by the post-secondary institution.

Who Should Enrol?
You may be interested in a career in Medical Radiologic Technology if you:

•Desire to work in a medical environment
•Are compassionate and motivated to help the sick and injured
•Have a strong academic background, especially in science
•Have an aptitude for effective communication
•Are able to cope with constant changes in technology and in your work environment
When working in the health care profession, there are many physical and emotional demands. As a radiographic technologists you must:

•Be in good physical and mental health and be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time without resting
•Demonstrate the use of safe and effective body mechanics while working with patients
•Be able to safely transfer large and heavy patients who may have limited or no weight bearing capabilities
•Be able to lift and position patients, some of whom are in a state of unconsciousness
Additionally, you may:

•Experience repetitive strain injuries
•Be exposed to radiation (within acceptable limits)
•Be exposed to extreme patient injuries
•Be required to work extended hours
•Be exposed to infectious diseases, blood and bodily fluids, toxic materials, noise, allergens, and physical and emotional stress
•Encounter aggressive and agitated patients, visitors, and staff
•Experience physical and compassion fatigue

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual’s prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.
To apply for possible credit for courses you have completed before enrolling in this program, complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Request for Course Credit/Grade Transfer Form within three weeks of the published start date of the program. You will need to include suitable documentation, i.e., transcript and course description, with your application.

In some instances, you may be required to write challenge examinations to apply for advanced standing.

CO-OP/Practicum Information
In Year 1 you have 33 weeks of theory at the College and eight weeks of clinical education.

In Year 2 you have four weeks of theory at the College and 44 weeks of clinical education, which may include rotations through a pediatric hospital and a tertiary hospital.

You will spend four weeks of your clinical education in either Year 1 or Year 2 at a rural hospital.

The following hospitals and agencies participate as current sites for the clinical education.

Winnipeg hospitals:

•Children’s Hospital, Winnipeg
•Grace General Hospital, Winnipeg
•Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg
•Seven Oaks General Hospital
•St. Boniface General Hospital
•Victoria General Hospital
Hospitals outside of Winnipeg:

•Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon
•Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach
•Boundary Trails Health Centre, Morden/Winkler
•Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Dauphin
•Portage General Hospital, Portage la Prairie
•Selkirk and District General Hospital, Selkirk
Note: You are responsible for any additional expenses related to the clinical terms including relocation costs to clinical placement site(s).

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