Medical Radiation Sciences - 729
- 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 (Program Suspended and will not be offered at this time. See the Additional Information tab)
- 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 specialized practical skills courses using state-of-the-art health care simulated labs in preparation for clinical practice
- Interprofessional courses involving students in MRSc programs
- Selection to year two is by committee (with emphasis on GPA). Students are not guaranteed their first choice of specialization
- Experience clinical placement in a variety of hospitals and independent health facilities located throughout Ontario.
Please note that you must apply via the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
The Mohawk College and McMaster University Medical Radiation Sciences (MRSc) Program is a collaborative diploma-degree program. Medical Radiation Sciences (MRSc) today represents one of the fastest growing primary 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 medicine today. Medical Radiation Sciences involves the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation for diagnostic studies and the treatment of patients. Ionizing radiation includes x-rays and gamma rays; non-ionizing radiation includes magnetic fields and ultrasound. 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.
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.
View the Sessional Dates by Term for start dates and semester break information.
4 year (academic and clinical experiences)
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The Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) is located in West Hamilton on the McMaster campus. The IAHS campus is where the majority (but not all) of our health programs are taught. Learn more about the IAHS:
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Tuition and Fees
- Completion of the OSSD (or equivalent) and 6 Grade 12 U or M courses including:
- MHF4U (Advanced Functions)
- MCV4U (Calculus & Vectors)
- SBI4U (Biology)
- SCH4U (Chemistry)
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.
Please be advised that McMaster University Senate has approved suspension of the Radiation Therapy specialization for the level 2 fall intake of 2018. Please contact Wendy Lawson, Associate Dean MRSc and Allied Health for more information at 905-575-1212 x6338 or wendy.lawson [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Contact the Registrar's Office at McMaster University:
Email: Contact McMaster
How to Apply
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..
Pathways and Credit Transfer
View our pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.
Options beyond the first year
- At the end of the first year, students apply to the following programs:
- Radiation Therapy (Program Suspended and will not be offered at this time)
Industries of Employment:
- Community and Teaching Hospitals
- Independent Diagnostic Imaging Centres, Doctors' Offices
- Teaching, Research, Applications, Commercial Sales
- Medical Radiation Technologist, Radiography, M.R.T. (R)
- Medical Radiation Technologist, Radiation Therapy, M.R.T. (T)
- Canadian Registered General Sonographer (CRGS)
- Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
Graduates of the MRSc Radiography and Radiation Therapy specialties are required and eligible to sit the certification examinations of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). All employers in Ontario require registration by the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) and the CAMRT exam is the approved examination of the CMRTO.
Graduates of the MRSc Ultrasonography specialty are eligible to sit the Canadian Generalist Sonographer certification examination of Sonography Canada. Additionally, graduates may select to sit 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.
Program of Studies
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.
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* (Program Suspended and will not be offered at this time)
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.
Learn More about Radiation Therapy Specialization
* Please be advised that McMaster University Senate has approved suspension of the Radiation Therapy specialization for the level 2 fall intake of 2018.
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.
Read more about the Medical Radiation Sciences Collaborative Diploma/Degree.
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 O. Reg. 866/93: REGISTRATION at ontario.ca. Students are introduced to the specializations in the Level 1 course MEDRADSC 1F03. Selection is by committee. Students are not guaranteed their first choice.
- 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.
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