Medical Radiation Sciences - 729

Degree and Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Four years or more
Explore a dynamic career in one of the fastest growing fields of health care through diagnostic imaging and treatment

This Medical Radiation Sciences program has been granted a six- year accreditation status.

Clinical experience is provided in health care agencies throughout Ontario.

Visit Canadian Medical Association (opens new window).

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Program Highlights

  • Discover the wonders of the human anatomy through x-rays and ultrasounds or treat patients with radiation therapy
  • At the end of the first year, students apply to the following programs for specialization:
    • Radiation Therapy
    • Radiography
    • Ultrasonography
  • Students attain both an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences and Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences
  • Reap the benefits of a fully integrated program offered jointly by Mohawk College and McMaster University
  • Program structure includes:
    • Prescribed set of exciting courses over a four-year program
    • Common first year, with specialization in years two to four
    • Three semesters of clinical education
    • Integrated theory and clinical education
    • Integrated university and college curriculum
    • Three semesters of laboratory preparation for clinical practice
    • Interprofessional courses involving students in MRSc programs
  • Experience clinical placement in a variety of hospitals and independent health facilities located throughout Ontario. Selection to year 2 is by committee. Students are not guaranteed their first choice of specialization.

Program Length

4 year (academic and clinical experiences)

Clinical Placements

Clinical practice may be completed at a minimum of two clinical agencies that may be located throughout Ontario (e.g. Ottawa, Owen Sound). The program will determine allocation of students to these sites. Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit or may require the student to relocate. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate and/ or commute to their assigned clinical placement. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical placements. Students may be required to attend clinical practice in a site that is not of their choosing.

Functional Demands

  • The Medical Radiation Science health professions are intellectually, emotionally and physically demanding. It is important that applicants become familiar with the profession(s) before entering the program so that they are able to function at an acceptable standard. Visit Medical Radiation Technology Act (opens new window).
  • Students are introduced to the specializations in the Level 1 course MEDRADSC 1F03. Selection is by committee. Students are not guaranteed their first choice

Skills courses

All students will be required to act as simulated patients for their peers in skills course labs and during skills practice sessions.

Apply through the Ontario University Application Centre

  • Completion of the OSSD (or equivalent) and 6 Grade 12 U or M
    • ENG4U
    • MHF4U (Advanced Functions)
    • MCV4U (Calculus & Vectors)
    • SBI4U (Biology)
    • SCH4U (Chemistry)

Anticipated cut-off range for September 2017 (subject to change) is 85-88%.

For more information, visit the Medical Radiation Sciences Collaborative Diploma/Degree webpage.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.


Contact the Registrar's Office at McMaster University:

Registrar's Office
McMaster University
Phone: 905-525-4600
Fax: 905-527-1105
Email: Contacts

How to Apply

Apply to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (opens new window)

Academic Opportunities

Options beyond the first year

  • At the end of the first year, students apply to the following programs:
    • Radiography
    • Ultrasonography
    • Radiation Therapy

Career Opportunities

Careers in Medical Radiation Sciences may include the following

Industries of Employment:

  • Community and Teaching Hospitals
  • Independent Diagnostic Imaging Centres, Doctors' Offices
  • Teaching, Research, Applications, Commercial Sales
  • Regional Cancer Centres

Occupational Categories:

  • Medical Radiation Technologist, Radiography, M.R.T. (R)
  • Medical Radiation Technologist, Radiation Therapy, M.R.T. (T)
  • Canadian Registered General Sonographer (CRGS)
  • Canadian Registered Vascular Sonographer (CRVS)
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Course Overview & Descriptions

Program of studies (POS) for the Medical Radiation Sciences Advanced Diploma & Degree program

For students starting Fall 2016. Click on the course title for the course description.

All programs include blended learning which integrates both face-to-face learning and online learning in the delivery of a course. Find out more about blended learning.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information


Estimated first year tuition and fees

Full Cost Breakdown

Additional Information