Medical Radiation Technology

The Medical Radiation Technology program at Algonquin College provides students with an integrated clinical experience from the beginning of the program. Starting Fall 2015 the process of medical and non-medical pre-clinical requirements, has changed. Review the updated requirements

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma
3 Year(s)

Program Code: 1615X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program, accredited by the Canadian Medical Association, prepares graduates with the knowledge and technical skills required to produce diagnostic images or carry out diagnostic procedures in the role of a medical radiation technologist as outlined by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists Radiological Technology competency profile. Working independently and in collaboration with healthcare team members, medical radiation technologists analyze a variety of complex diagnostic images to assist physicians in the diagnosis and management of multiple system disorders. Through theoretical courses, simulation, laboratory practice and extensive clinical experiences students acquire the ability to produce quality images of internal structures of the human body. Students apply health, safety and quality assurance principles while performing venipunctures, while interacting with patients and while using ionizing radiation in the laboratory and clinical settings.

Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are developed to adapt theoretical knowledge to clinical practice. Students work within an interprofessional healthcare team to provide safe patient assessment, and the diagnostic and therapeutic skills consistent with best practice standards for medical radiation technology.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD):
Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills while interacting with patients, their families and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Can be self-directed in a team environment.
  • Possess applied technical aptitudes.
  • Have strong analytical skills.
  • Are detail oriented.
  • Want to work in a variety of challenging work settings.
  • Are able to work effectively under stressful situations


Your Career

Graduates may find employment in community and teaching hospitals, medical clinics, education and research settings and in private industry. Upon successful completion of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (C.A.M.R.T.) national certification exam, graduates must register with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (C.M.R.T.O.) to be eligible for employment in Ontario.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Produce and assess a variety of high quality diagnostic images employing current technologies for image acquisition and processing.
  2. Interpret requests and adapt procedures relative to patient and diagnostic image requirements in routine and complex clinical cases.
  3. Comply with relevant legislation, regulations and ethical standards for the best practice in diagnostic imaging.
  4. Employ accepted radiation, health and safety practices with self, patients, their families, and healthcare team members in a variety of clinical settings.
  5. Provide quality care to diverse patients in assessment, diagnostic imaging, and therapeutic intervention, while incorporating patient advocacy and education to patients, their family, healthcare team members and the public.
  6. Monitor patients` status at all times and respond to emergency situations where indicated.
  7. Operate, calibrate, set up, troubleshoot and evaluate a variety of complex equipment safely.
  8. Analyze a broad range of diagnostic imaging procedures to assist physicians in the diagnosis and management of multiple system disorders.
  9. Interact with patients, their families, the healthcare team members and the public using effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  10. Exhibit behaviour consistent with the professional role of a medical radiation technologist, including teamwork, provision of health education and establishment of strategies for lifelong learning.
  11. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
BIO0002 Applied Anatomy and Physiology I The study of the human body as outlined by anatomy and physiology concepts is the basic knowledge for positional techniques of patients. The cell and all tissue types are explored and analyzed. Students perform problem solving related to the maintenance of homeostasis. Students study the appendicular skeleton in precise detail in order to identify all anatomy on radiographic images. The respiratory system is investigated in depth utilizing multi-sectional concepts. 45.0
ENL1813S Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
HLT0200 Health Ethics Issues related to society and healthcare are examined. The evolution of health-care and the role society has asked of it throughout history is explored. The current structure of the Canadian healthcare system including levels of healthcare, healthcare regulation and funding are reviewed. Students review the role of healthcare in meeting health related needs throughout individuals' lifespan. Current healthcare related issues, such as euthanasia, alternate healthcare practices, and public versus private healthcare provision are examined relative to society's mores. An introduction to health research, looking at research processes and ethical issues, is provided. 45.0
IMG0100 Medical Radiation Sciences I The relationship between electromagnetism and radiation is a vital component to the field of radiography. Using examples, students explore the factors affecting the quality and the quantity of the radiation beam. Students study the components and operation of the x-ray tube and analyze the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation. 60.0
IMG0101 Introduction to Radiological Imaging Principles Knowledge of the properties of the x-ray beam is the foundation to its daily application as a medical radiation technologist. Using radiographic images, students study factors that influence the image quality including geometric and photographic properties. Students compare the properties of various image receptors and their uses. 60.0
IMG0102 Radiological Protocols I Radiological protocols incorporate positioning skills imaging principles and best practice standards for patient care. Students examine the fundamental principles of patient positioning skills for radiological procedures. Students develop a plan for procedural variations based on consultation requirements and patient needs. Detailed knowledge of anatomy and radiological techniques are integrated to optimize imaging procedures of the extremities and the respiratory system. Students assess radiological images to identify anatomy and pathology. 90.0
IMG0103 Radiological Protocols Laboratory I Imaging protocols of the apprendicular skeleton and the respiratory system are simulated using evidence-based decision making. Students apply safe and best practice to imaging protocols used in the clinical setting. Radiological technique and imaging concepts are applied to critique simulated clinical examples for image quality.

Co-requisites: IMG0102
IMG0130 Clinical Practicum 1 Observation of the clinical environment and the professional roles and responsibilities of all members of the healthcare team allows the student to understand the profession of the medial radiation technologist. A basic understanding of patient needs and management skills is developed. Students observe the use of imaging equipment and use critical-thinking to critique radiographic protocol applications. Students prepare for clinical placement through on-line modules. 30.0
Level: 02 Hours
BIO0003 Applied Anatomy and Physiology II Understanding of anatomical and physiological variances in diverse patient populations is essential to enable the medical radiation technologist to adapt the positioning requirements. Students integrate the anatomy of soft tissue structures to the skeleton. Anatomical development with emphasis placed on osseous tissue is studied in neonate, paediatric and adult patients. The anatomy and physiology of the digestive and urinary systems are explored and related to radiographic imaging in multi-sectional format.

Prerequisites: BIO0002
IMG0108 Image Processing and Management The application of software and computers is integrated in the daily function of a medical radiation technologist. Students differentiate between standards for various computerized systems that are used in the management of imaging protocols. Information and storage systems, such as the Radiology Information System (RIS) and the Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) are reviewed.

Prerequisites: IMG0101
IMG0110 Radiological Protocols Laboratory II Imaging protocols of the axial skeleton and the abdomen are practised and performed in a simulated environment. Students learn to adapt routine techniques based on consultation requirements. Best practice and safety protocols are implemented in a simulated clinical setting. Image quality is critiqued relative to radiographic technique and imaging concepts. Students perform problem solving of simulated clinical examples to determine adaptive techniques to optimize images.

Co-requisites: IMG0133
IMG0112 Clinical Practicum II Applied best practice principles and theory of radiological protocols allow the student to integrate themselves as a functional member of the healthcare team in various areas of a radiological department. Under direct supervision, students apply theory to radiological protocols demonstrating best practice principles. Through scenarios, students explore interprofessional practice issues including ethical practice principles, ethical conflict and decision making, professional collaboration and communication strategies. Resource management principles, evolving technologies required in the clinical setting as a medical radiation technologist are discussed.

Prerequisites: IMG0110 and IMG0126 and IMG0130
IMG0118 Radiation Biology and Protection Radiation safety as a best practice standard is incorporated into each radiological examination. Students use evidence-based research to evaluate best practice guidelines for limiting radiation exposure to themselves, healthcare workers and the public in the clinical use of ionizing radiation. Basic concepts of the types and sources of radiation and their relationship to biological effects are compared. Radiation quantities and units are related to biological effects on the human body. Equipment design for radiation protection is studied. 30.0
IMG0122 Pathology I Medical imaging is directly correlated to pathological changes of the human body. Students examine medical terminology, such as prefixes, suffixes and root words to apply to the definition of medical terms. Students examine pathological principles, such as cellular activities and relate these to the radiographic appearances on various medical images. Common pathologies, anomalies and conditions of the skeletal system, the gastrointestinal system and the urinary system are described and recognized. Students relate patients' manifestation and clinical presentation to various case examples of radiographic pathologies in the CAMRT Competency Profile. Students apply critical-thinking and problem-solving strategies to evaluate technical adjustments to best demonstrate pathologies. 30.0
IMG0124 Advanced Medical Radiation Sciences The design of imaging equipment and the planning of imaging rooms has a varying purpose and functionality based on the examination performed. Using examples, the function and use of ancillary equipment, such as computer control systems is discussed. Students study the design and safety requirements of imaging rooms to meet standards.

Prerequisites: IMG0100
IMG0126 Patient Management Protocols and Laboratory Skills The support, care and understanding of the patient is the primary role of the medical radiological technologist. Students learn and practise patient transfer and transport methods using health and safety principles for patients and healthcare team members. Basic patient assessment, such as patient interview techniques and the assessment of patient's needs are simulated. Using case examples, students adapt techniques and the assessment of patients' needs and determine if intervention is required when problems arise. The principles of infection transmission are related and practised to evidence-based infection control standards. Protocols for basic patient care, such as suctioning, monitoring and legal documentation are reviewed. Students adapt communication methods for diverse patient populations. 30.0
IMG0128 Quality Control for General Radiography Quality assurance in the imaging department is maintained to ensure the technical and diagnostic quality of images. Students analyze examples of quality control data and apply them to the clinical setting. Regulations for quality assurance and control are studied with emphasis placed on quality control of image acquisition, radiographic/fluoroscopic equipment and ancillary equipment.

Prerequisites: IMG0100
IMG0131 Adaptive Radiological Protocols Patient condition and procedural requirements dictate adaptive techniques used for imaging. Pediatric and geriatric populations are compared relative to imaging protocols used. Specialized equipment and diverse imaging environment applied to mobile and surgical imaging are examined for diverse technical requirements. Radiography of therapeutic lines and tubes is studied utilizing best practice guidelines. 45.0
IMG0133 Applied Radiological Protocols Principles of patient positioning and technical requirements are applied to each radiological protocol. Students apply the concepts of anatomical and physiological variances to clinical examples of radiological methodology for the imaging of axial skeleton and the digestive and urinary systems. Students use critical thinking to adapt procedures to meet patient needs and to problem solve to optimize the image quality.

Prerequisites: IMG0102
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0615 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003
Level: 03 Hours
BIO0004 Applied Anatomy and Physiology III The understanding of multi-sectional relationship in human anatomy is an essential skill used to adapt imaging protocols. Students study detailed anatomy of the cranium in relationship to radiographic requirements. The anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic and reproductive systems are described. Students evaluate the relational anatomy of soft tissues and skeletal structures for multi-system cross-sectional imaging.

Prerequisites: BIO0003
ENL0064 Professional Communication Skills for Medical Radiation Technologists Professional communication skills are essential in any medical profession. Students learn and apply written and spoken communication principles in a variety of health related situations. Using medical and general terminology, students prepare and deliver verbal and written forms of communication for different audiences. Students participate in discussions, deliver information verbally and complete written assignments.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
IMG0111 Professional Practice and Legislation Legislation and regulations govern the practice of the medical radiation technologist. Students gain an understanding of the roles of professional associations, accreditation, codes of ethics, scope of practice and evidence-based best practice standards. Professional behaviour expectations related to their role within the health-care team and the community are discussed as are principles of sustainability. 30.0
IMG0113 Medical Radiation Sciences III Awareness of emerging technologies in the medical imaging field allows the medical radiation technologist to assist and educate the patients. Students contrast the function and operation of equipment required to perform specialized diagnostic procedures. Imaging and therapeutic modalities, such as magnetic resonance imaging, are compared with a focus on best practices and current trends in imaging technology.

Prerequisites: IMG0124
IMG0116 Radiological Protocols Laboratory III Simulation of protocols enables the students to develop critical thinking skills. Students perform routine imaging protocols of the cranium. Students problem solve to adapt techniques as needed based on patient and consultation requirements. Students apply best and safe practice standards to adapt routine protocols for complex examinations and trauma imaging. Radiological techniques and imaging concepts are applied to critique image quality.

Prerequisites: IMG0110

Co-requisites: IMG0127
IMG0117 Pathology II Pathological principles are the link to various radiological appearances on medical images. Students examine pathological principles, such as cellular activities and relate these to the radiographic appearances on various medical images. Common pathologies, anomalies and conditions of the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the neurological system and the reproductive system are described and recognized. Students relate patients' and clinical presentation to various case examples of radiographic pathologies in the CAMRT Competency Profile. Students apply critical thinking and problem solving strategies to best demonstrate pathologies.

Prerequisites: IMG0122
IMG0127 Specialized Radiological Protocols Specialized protocols require an advanced level of knowledge and technique that differs considerably from general practice. Students apply anatomy and physiology theory to radiological methodology for imaging the cranium. Specialized imaging procedures including trauma and angiography are analyzed. Students use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to adapt procedures to patient needs and to optimize the image quality.

Prerequisites: IMG0131 and IMG0133

Co-requisites: IMG0116
IMG0129 Computed Tomography Computed tomography is a specialized modality that links the basic concept of body section radiography with a computer system to produce diagnostic images. Students learn concepts of data acquisition and post-processing methods which affect multisectional image quality. Students study safe and effective scanning practices for neurological thoracic, abdopelvic and MSK procedures based on related pathologies and patient condition. Students analyze examples of quality control data and apply them to computed tomography clinical settings.

Prerequisites: BIO0003 and IMG0124
IMG0132 Contrast Media Agents and Intravenous Injection Skills Contrast media agents are commonly used for diagnostic and interventional examinations. The properties of contrast media and related drugs are examined. Students relate the use of contrast media for the purpose of diagnostic and interventional medical imaging. Students learn about clinical indications, contraindications and adverse reactions to contrast media and how to manage reactions. Students study the theory of venipuncture and practise in a simulated environment techniques of intravenous injection. 15.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0615 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003
Level: 04 Hours
IMG0119 Clinical Practicum III Application of theory allows the student to progress from observing to performing assigned procedures while applying best practice principles under direct supervision in all areas of a radiological department. Professional behaviour including interprofessional collaboration is emphasized. Evidence-based practice guidelines are applied to analyze pathology, radiographic protocols and imaging concepts related to skeletal system cases. The review cases integrate related imaging disciplines and contrasting images from similar clinical cases.

Prerequisites: BIO0004 and IMG0108 and IMG0112 and IMG0116 and IMG0117 and IMG0118 and IMG0126 and IMG0129 and IMG0132
Level: 05 Hours
IMG0120 Clinical Practicum IV Application of critical thinking and problem solving allows students to progress to remote supervision for common radiological procedures. Students apply best practice standards for assigned clinical experience. Students use critical thinking and problem solving to achieve optimal diagnostic images and provide optimal patient care. Students function as part of the collaborative healthcare team, incorporating reflective practice, time management and organizational skills into their clinical experience. Students' apply evidence-based practice guidelines to analyze pathology, radiographic protocols and imaging concepts related to multiple system cases. The review cases integrate related imaging disciplines and contrasting images from similar clinical cases.

Prerequisites: IMG0119
Level: 06 Hours
IMG0121 Clinical Practicum V All imaging protocols as listed in the national competency profile are performed in a competent manner at the level expected for entry to practice. Students progress to perform skills under indirect supervision demonstrating independent problem solving and decision making for routine and non-routine procedures. Students function as part of the collaborative care team, incorporating time-management and organizational skills into daily department tasks. Students perform reflective practice and identify examples of alternative methods to achieve lifelong learning. Students also prepare for the national certification exam by completing a comprehensive review and a practice exam modelled on the national radiological technology competency profile. Exam review allows students to identify specific areas for improvement.

Prerequisites: IMG0120

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $7,757.80. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $17,284.02. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit

Prior to placement, Clinical Practicums require training in Health and Safety, WHMIS, OWHSA training, and approved Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
(NVCI)training placements. There are some additional costs associated with training that should be anticipated by students which are not covered by tuition fees.

Printed books required for the program are approximately $1,200. The uniform costs required for clinical/lab activities (all three years) are approximately $300. Please note that travel and parking expenses, to partnering clinical sites for observation and clinical experiences throughout the program, are the responsibility of the student. In addition, students are required to finance clinical experience related expenses, such as travel and housing
accommodations for all activities in the program. In order to be eligible for employment in Ontario students must register with the CMRTO (College of Medical Radiation Technology of Ontario) with a preregistration fee of $105 (subject to change). The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation
Technologists (CAMRT) national certification exam fee is $800. In Ontario, there is an additional exam site administration fee of $125. All fees are based on 2015 costs and are subject to change.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50(subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) 65% or higher
  • Mathematics Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher
  • Physics Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher
  • OR
  • Chemistry Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22

    All applicants must complete an assessment through the Test Centre, and will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change). Results from the health program assessment will be utilized also ranked with the highest ranked applicants given priority admission The health program assessment can only be written once per academic cycle.


    • Have Basic Life Support Training (C.P.R. - Level C) and Standard First Aid Certificate are required for the start of the program.
    • Submit a Health Assessment Form and provide an Immunization Certificate prior to entry to the program. Applicants must have complete immunization including Hepatitis B, and annual T.B. test (a Chest X-ray is required if the T.B. test is positive) and are required to have annual immunization for influenza by some clinical affiliates.
    • Students in the program will be mask fit-tested for N-95 equivalent masks required for infection-control measures as required by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Guidelines.

    Police Records Check Documentation

    Though not an admission requirement, applicants must note important information listed below regarding Police Record Check program requirements. Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Medical Radiation Technology program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

    Lab and Placement Eligibility

    To be eligible to participate in lab and placement activities, you must submit proof of a clear (PRCSVS).

    It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your program and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Chair.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:
Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

The College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario has a number of requirements for registration that relate to the past and present conduct of the applicant, as well as mental and physical health conditions. To find out if you would be eligible to practise in Ontario, please access the webiste: https://www,

Clinical Placement: Some clinical placements are outside of Ottawa. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Timetable: Timetable for the program includes days, evenings and weekends. 613-727-4723 ext. 3568 or or Program Support, Sherri Pagnan at 613-727-4723 ext. 5078 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time