Medical Radiologic Technology
Overview •Two-year diploma •August 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. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
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
This program does not require submission of a high school transcript.
Post-secondary transcripts must be submitted directly by the post-secondary institution.
Once we have reviewed your application and transcript(s) and determined you meet Regular Admission Requirement 1, you will be provided with information regarding Regular Admission Requirements 2 through 6.
Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive a request by mail to complete and submit official Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector and Provincial Child Abuse Registry check documents.
Regular Admission Requirements 1.Successful completion of 27 credits of post-secondary education from Red River College or another Manitoba or Non-Manitoba recognized college or university including: – Basic Statistical Analysis (3 credits) – Communications (3 credits) – Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits) – Introduction to Physics (6 credits) – Introduction to Sociology or Psychology (6 credits) – Structure and Modeling in Chemistry (3 credits) Note: individual post-secondary courses may not be used to fulfil more than one course admission requirement and 2.Attend a program information session conducted by the Medical Radiologic Technology Department (to be arranged by the College) and 3.Completion of 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.Upon request, submit up-to-date immunization records and 5.Upon request, submit evidence of current certification in Standard First Aid and 6.Upon request, submit evidence of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) Level C with artificial external defibrillator (AED). We recommend you take Red River College’s BLS for Healthcare Providers course. You may also refer to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba’s website for a list of accepted providers.
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
Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)
LOCATION START DATE Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2015 Apply Now
Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees Year 1 $3,724.00 Year 2 $3,724.00 Books and Supplies Year 1 $2,800.00 1 Other Fees Year 1 $200.00 2 Year 2 $800.00 3
1 Books purchased in Year 1 will be used in both Years 1 & 2. 2 Uniform and shoes – $200.00. 3 CAMRT Certification Exam Fee (approximate). Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.
YEAR 1 TERM 1 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS MEDR-1016 Patient Care 1 3 MEDR-1018 Principles of Image Recording 2 MEDR-1020 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology 1 4 MEDR-1022 Medical Terminology 1 MEDR-1026 Physics for MRT 3 MEDR-1033 Radiographic Technique 1 Theory 4 MEDR-1034 Rediographic Technique 1 Laboratory 4 MEDR-1047 Imaging Equipment 1 3 MEDR-9000 Med Rad Learn Course 0 TERM 2 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS MEDR-1017 Sectional Anatomy 3 MEDR-1021 Radiation Biology and Protection 4 MEDR-2003 Patient Care 2 3 MEDR-2005 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology 2 4 MEDR-2007 Radiographic Technique 2 Theory 4 MEDR-2008 Radiographic Technique 2 Laboratory 4 MEDR-2048 Imaging Equipment 2 3 MEDR-9000 Med Rad Learn Course 0 YEAR 2 TERM 3 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS MEDR-1002 Intro to Computed Tomography 1 MEDR-1006 Clinical Practice 1 5 MEDR-9000 Med Rad Learn Course 0 TERM 4 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS MEDR-1032 Introduction to Mammography 1 MEDR-2001 Clinical Practice 2 5 MEDR-9000 Med Rad Learn Course 0 TERM 5 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS MEDR-3000 Clinical Practice 3 5 MEDR-9000 Med Rad Learn Course 0 Course Descriptions
MEDR-1002 Intro to Computed Tomography Course Description This course discusses the basic principles of computed tomography (CT). Students will learn the fundamentals of CT and evaluate various exam parameters utilized for this advanced technology. Prerequisites: Clinical Practice 1 MEDR-1006 MEDR-1006 Clinical Practice 1 Course Description This course will allow students to apply concepts of Radiological Technology to clinical practice at a diagnostic imaging department of a healthcare facility. This course allows for the integration and expansion of basic concepts and theories in the study and practice of chest, abdominal, skeletal imaging, fluoroscopy, operating room, and mobile imaging. Under appropriate supervision, students will apply concepts to practice by assisting with and/or performing general imaging procedures and applying image critique skills. The course will enhance student knowledge with respect to interpretation of common pathologies. Students participate in a variety of procedures in the clinical setting, with emphasis on communication, interpersonal skills, and psychomotor skills. Inter-professional learning experiences are introduced to facilitate student understanding of the team approach to health care. Students may begin alternate shift rotations to experience a variety of learning opportunities within the imaging department. Students will assist with and/or perform basic imaging procedures and be required to achieve competency in specific areas of imaging. Prerequisites: Rural Clinical Practice PRAC-1002 MEDR-1016 Patient Care 1 (No description available at this time) MEDR-1017 Sectional Anatomy (No description available at this time) MEDR-1018 Principles of Image Recording (No description available at this time) MEDR-1020 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology 1 (No description available at this time) MEDR-1021 Radiation Biology and Protection (No description available at this time) MEDR-1022 Medical Terminology Course Description This course is a self-study course. The course focuses on study of prefixes, suffixes, combining forms from which medical terms are derived. Medical abbreviations are also included. MEDR-1026 Physics for MRT Course Description This course is designed to introduce the learner to the physics concepts and principles underlying X-ray generation, image formation and radiation protection. The topics covered in this course are: Atomic structure as is required to understand X-ray generation process, electrical concepts of X-ray generators, properties of X radiation, production of X radiation, X-ray interactions with matter, attenuation of radiation in matter. MEDR-1032 Introduction to Mammography (No description available at this time) MEDR-1033 Radiographic Technique 1 Theory (No description available at this time) MEDR-1034 Rediographic Technique 1 Laboratory (No description available at this time) MEDR-1047 Imaging Equipment 1 Course Description This course will discuss basic apparatus and accessory equipment used in diagnostic imaging departments. Topics will include X-ray equipment, X-ray tube, beam restrictors, grids, filters, timers and computed radiography (CR). MEDR-2001 Clinical Practice 2 Course Description This course will allow students to apply concepts of Radiological Technology to clinical practice at a diagnostic imaging department of a healthcare facility. Students will expand their knowledge and enhance clinical skills acquired in previous courses. They will also apply basic imaging principles for Computed Tomography (CT) and be introduced to areas of specialized imaging. The course will enhance student knowledge with respect to interpretation of common pathologies. Under appropriate supervision, students will be expected to assume increased responsibility in general imaging including more independence with image critique. Student will be expected to assume a greater role in providing for patient needs in the clinical setting and enhance their patient care/assessment skills. Students will assist with and/or perform basic imaging procedures and be required to achieve competency in specific areas of imaging. Prerequisites: Intro to Computed Tomography MEDR-1002 Introduction to Mammography MEDR-1004 Clinical Practice 1 MEDR-1006 Radiation Biology MEDR-2022 MEDR-2003 Patient Care 2 (No description available at this time) MEDR-2005 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology 2 (No description available at this time) MEDR-2007 Radiographic Technique 2 Theory (No description available at this time) MEDR-2008 Radiographic Technique 2 Laboratory (No description available at this time) MEDR-2048 Imaging Equipment 2 Course Description This course will provide and understanding of the function and operation of specialized equipment and accessories used in the diagnostic imaging department. The topics covered are: Fluoroscopic equipment, tomography, computer fundamentals, digital fluorography, digital subtraction and picture archival and communication systems (PACS). Quality control of the equipment will be discussed and applied in the laboratory setting. MEDR-3000 Clinical Practice 3 Course Description This course will allow students to apply concepts of Radiological Technology to clinical practice at a diagnostic imaging department of a healthcare facility. In this course, under appropriate supervision, students will be given the opportunity to take primary responsibility to perform general imaging procedures and to apply their image critique skills. Emphasis is placed on further development of critical thinking and problem solving skills in a broad range of situations. The course will emphasize expanding student knowledge with respect to interpretation of common pathologies. Under appropriate supervision, opportunity will be provided for students to advance their clinical abilities in general imaging and observe and/or participate in more complex specialized procedures. Students will be expected to achieve all competencies as required by national and provincial standards. Prerequisites: Clinical Practice 2 MEDR-2001 MEDR-9000 Med Rad Learn Course (No description available at this time)
In Year 1 you have 33 weeks of theory at the College.
In Year 2 you have 49 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 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). Recent Changes
The Medical Radiologic Technology Program has undergone recent changes to program dates for our second year. •For students who are part of the 2011 intake, they will finish the program early. The end date for the 2011 cohort is now July 26th, 2013. The CAMRT certification exam for the 2011 cohort is September 16th, 2013. •For students who have been accepted for the 2012 intake, the program will now finish on May 2nd, 2014 allowing these students to write the CAMRT certification exam on May 13th, 2014.
For further information regarding these changes, please contact Lesley McGuirk Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org Credit Transfer Opportunities
Certification Opportunities •After successfully completing this program, you are eligible for certification with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. If you are successful, you are awarded a Registered Technologist Radiography (RTR) diploma. This diploma indicates that you have the knowledge and skills of a professional and are eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).
Transferring Credits to Other Institutions •All graduates have opportunities to enhance their specialized employment potential. The CAMRT offers many individual correspondence courses to prepare RTRs for jobs in specialty areas such as mammography and computed tomography. •Graduates are eligible to enrol in post-diploma programs, including: ◦RRC Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy program ◦Health Sciences Centre Ultrasound Training program ◦Degree completion programs through Memorial University of Newfoundland and Thompson Rivers University
RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
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. Other Information
Financial assistance may be available through the Education Sponsorship Program at Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM). Visit their website at www.dsmanitoba.ca/EducationSponsorshipROSProg.php. Employment Potential
Most graduates are employed in hospitals and medical clinics. Some graduates are working in related teaching, management, and research positions. Others are employed as application specialists, technical advisors, or representatives for diagnostic imaging equipment and supply manufacturers.
An entry level technologist in Manitoba can expect to make approximately $20 to $25 per hour as a starting wage. Student/Alumni Testimonial
“Fast paced, yet rewarding program, with a great support group of teachers”
Chantell First year student
“I really enjoy the small class sizes and the good helpful teachers who care about my future.”
Monique First year student
“I am delighted to be in the MRT program @RRC. This program is always eager to give me the knowledge in the scope of the MRT in the most efficient and proficient way, and helps me to be more confident and competent.”
Zenawi First year student
“If you take this course seriously, attend all the classes, keep up with readings, and study frequently, the multiple course load will flow smoothly and you will succeed.”
Jen First year student
“For all the stress and work you put into it, it’s all worth it in the end. To summarize in one word….amazing!”
Erin First year student
“All of the teachers have always been there to help, either by phone, e-mail, or in person. I have always felt that their number one priority is the students – no doubt about it.”
Brenda Second year student
“The instructors are very helpful and open to finding ways to help.”
Kyle Second year student
“It’s so wonderful to have instructors that take the time to get to know their students, and that genuinely care about their success in the program.”
Melanie Second year student
“The program is great overall. The instructors are there to help out, the information and technology is interesting, and the majority is hands on training.”
Kelly Second year student Contact Information
For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.
For detailed program information, contact:
Lesley McGuirk Program Coordinator E-mail: email@example.com