Medical Radiation Sciences - 729
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The Mohawk College and McMaster University Medical Radiation Sciences (MRSc) Program is a collaborative diploma-degree program. MRSc program graduates are health care professionals who employ different kinds of radiation in diagnosis and therapy and are part of one of the fastest growing health care fields. In recent years innovations in information technology, digital imaging and instrumentation have made MRSc one of the most advanced, specialized and dynamic areas of health care today. This program will provide in depth training of technical, patient care and communication skills. The attainment of both an Ontario College Advanced Diploma and a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences is achieved through a fully integrated program offered jointly through Mohawk College and McMaster University. This program will allow students to specialize in one of the health science disciplines of Radiography, Ultrasonography or Radiation Therapy.
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- 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. At the end of a common first year of study, students apply to specialize in Radiography, Ultrasonography, or Radiation Therapy.
- Radiography: Includes discipline-specific courses in radiation physics and safety, radiation biology, human anatomy and pathology, radiographic equipment, radiographic imaging procedures, image analysis and film interpretation, introduction to computed tomography (CT scanning), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Ultrasonography: Includes discipline-specific courses in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, human anatomy and pathology, abdominal, obstetrical and pelvic, musculoskeletal and vascular procedures, patient care and safety, and pediatric sonography.
- Radiation Therapy: Includes discipline specific courses in radiation physics and safety, radiation biology, human anatomy and pathology. Focuses on the uses of radiation, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons, to kill cancer cells or damage them so they cannot grow or multiply.
- Selection to year two is by committee (with emphasis on GPA). Students are not guaranteed their first choice of specialization.
- This Medical Radiation Sciences program has been granted accreditation status and allows graduates to write the professional registry exams.
What you'll learn
- Discover the wonders of the human anatomy through x-rays and diagnostic ultrasound.
- How to safely and effectively operate specialized medical imaging and treatment equipment.
- How to collaborate with fellow health care professionals while providing optimal care to patients.
- Functional demands: the Medical Radiation Sciences health profession is an intellectually, emotionally and physically demanding career. 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 the Government of Ontario website to read more.
- Students are introduced to the 3 specializations in the Level 1 course MEDRADSC 1F03.
4 years (academic and clinical experience)
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The following are the minimum Grade 12 U and M requirements:
- English U
- Advanced Functions U
- Calculus and Vectors U
- Biology U
- Chemistry U
- Completion of one additional U or M course to total six courses
For the admission deadlines, please visit McMaster Admission Deadlines.
For current admissions grade range requirements, please visit McMaster grade requirements and choose the appropriate drop-down menu options.
For full cost breakdown of the Medical Radiation Sciences Program, please visit McMaster cost breakdown and choose the appropriate program and year.
Contact the Registrar's Office at McMaster University:
Email: trifuns [at] mcmaster.ca (Contact McMaster)
How to Apply
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.
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Course Overview & Descriptions
Program of studies (POS) for the Medical Radiation Sciences Advanced Diploma & Degree program
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.
Includes discipline-specific courses in radiation physics and safety, radiation biology, human anatomy and pathology, radiographic equipment, radiographic imaging procedures, film analysis and film interpretation, and introduction to computed tomography (CT scanning), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or breast diagnosis and treatment.
Includes discipline-specific courses in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, human anatomy and pathology, abdominal, obstetrical and pelvic, musculoskeletal and vascular procedures, patient care and safety, and neuro sonography, fetal echocardiography or breast sonography.
Radiation Therapy Specialization
Includes discipline-specific courses in clinical oncology, radiation biology and protection, treatment planning, radioactivity and radiation interactions, applied patient care, radiation physics and safety, human anatomy, and introduction to computed tomography (CT scanning), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or mammography.
How you'll gain skills
- Three semesters of specialized practical skills courses using state-of-the-art health care simulations in preparation for clinical practice.
- All students will be required to act as simulated patients for their peers in skills courses and during skills practice sessions.
- Experience three semesters of clinical placement in a variety of hospitals and independent health facilities located throughout Ontario.
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.
Clinical placements must 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.
For more information regarding the Medical Radiation Sciences clinical placement, please contact the tara.kapogines [at] mohawkcollege.ca (clinical coordinator).
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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.
For Radiography and Radiation Therapy, the program outcomes are tied to the CAMRT National Competency Profile (NCP). Additionally, for Sonography, the program outcomes are tied to Sonography Canada's National Competency Profile (NCP).
Your future career options
- Medical Radiation Technologist, Radiography, MTR (R)
- Medical Radiation Technologist, Radiation Therapy MRT (T)
- Medical Radiation Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, MRT (DMS)
Where you could work includes:
- Community and Teaching Hospitals, and Regional Cancer Centres
- Independent Diagnostic Imaging Centres, Doctors’ Offices
- Teaching, Research, Applications, Commercial Sales
Graduates of the MRSc Radiography and Radiation Therapy specializations are required and eligible to write the certification examinations of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). All employers in Ontario require registration by the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) and the CAMRT exam is the approved examination of the CMRITO. Other provinces may also have their own registration or licensing processes.
Additionally, graduates may select to write the American certification examinations of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon certification with CAMRT, CMRITO and/or ARRT, the Radiographer or Radiation Technologist may become a member of several professional associations dedicated to the promotion and development of the profession and the practice of Radiologic Technologists.
Graduates of the MRSc Ultrasonography specialty are eligible to write the Canadian Generalist Sonographer certification examination of Sonography Canada. Additionally, graduates may select to write the American certification examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Upon certification with Sonography Canada and/or ARDMS, the sonographer may become a member of several professional associations dedicated to the promotion and development of the profession and the practice of sonography. However, all persons within the profession who wish to work in Ontario require registration by the College of Medical Radiation & Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO). Sonography Canada's Generalist Sonographer certification exam is the approved examination of the CMRITO. Other provinces may also have their own registration or licensing processes.
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
- Bachelor of Digital Health (Honours)
- Digital Health (Graduate Certificate)
- Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
For more information about industry regulations, licensing requirements and program specific academic regulations, please visit the McMaster University website.
The Medical Radiation Sciences health profession is an intellectually, emotionally and physically demanding career. 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. Students are introduced to the specializations in the Level 1 course MEDRADSC 1F03. Selection is by committee. Students are not guaranteed their first choice.
All students will be required to act as simulated patients for their peers in skills course labs and during skills practice sessions.
All professionals must demonstrate:
- Empathy when interacting with patients of all ages
- Manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to manipulate equipment controls
- Physical strength to position patients and manipulate heavy equipment through a wide range of motions
- Acute hearing to respond to low voices and ambient alarms and buzzers
- Critical thinking to be able to prioritize and respond to emergency situations
The Radiographer must possess:
- Acute vision to view images and distinguish fine features in contrast and detail
The Ultrasonographer must possess:
- Acute vision to view images and distinguish fine features in contrast and detail including nuances in colour Doppler ultrasound images
- Acute hearing to assess auditory Doppler ultrasound signals
- The ability to apply 3-D spatial relationships
The Radiation Therapist must possess:
- Acute vision to view equipment readouts at a distance in darkened rooms
- The ability to apply 3-D spatial relationships
Contact the Registrar's Office at McMaster University:
Email: Contact McMaster
How to Apply