The CNC Medical Radiography Technology (MRAD) program utilizes a provincial curriculum to prepare students for critical, rewarding jobs in the medical field.
Medical radiography includes imaging technologies such as x-ray, computed tomography, mammography, fluoroscopy, and interventional procedures.
Medical radiography is suited for people with a strong sense of responsibility and interest in other people's well-being. People who thrive in medical radiography are able to work well with both technology and people, including patients and other medical professionals, in sensitive, stressful situations.
The program prepares you to work in the following areas:
- Hospitals (Medical Imaging department, patient bedsides, operating room or emergency department)
- Private imaging clinics
- Equipment vendor sales & applications
- Forensic labs
There will be growing demand in BC for people trained in Medical Radiography Technology due to technological advances and a growing, aging population.
What you will learn
The Medical Radiography Technology program is a full, 2-year program that alternates between classroom/lab terms where you will learn theory and clinical field placements where you gain experience and applied skills.
Earning your diploma in medical radiography technology is a base for other certifications, such as advanced radiography certifications and specialized BSc and health administration degrees. These additional qualifications are a key component of health care service.
Medical Radiography Technology Diploma Courses
CNC, utilizing a provincial curriculum, has partnered with Northern Health to provide a northern Medical Radiography program. The program prepares students to work in the following areas:
- in the hospital medical imaging department;
- at the patient's bedside;
- in the operating room or Emergency department, and
- in private imaging clinics.
Earning a diploma in medical radiography technology is a base for other certifications, such as advanced radiography certifications and specialized BSc and health administration degrees. These additional qualifications are a key component of health care service.
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
||2 consecutive years - alternating terms of theory/labs with clinical placements in the field
Successful completion of grade 12, or equivalent
The following courses, with an average GPA of 3.0 (“B”) with no grade lower than a “C+” in any of the prerequisite courses:
Either: English 12, English 12 First Peoples or equivalent
Either: Foundations of Math 12, Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent
Physics 12 or equivalent
Biology 12 or equivalent
*For candidates whose first language is not English – In addition to having English 12 (or equivalent) applicants must also provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of 88 with no section below 20, within the last two years; or
International English Language Testing System- Academic (IELTS Academic) score of 6.5 overall with no band below 6.0, taken within the last two years; or
Successful completion of six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized college or university in an English speaking county within the last two years.
Completed Self-Report on Suitability Form.
Participation in a program information session (these will be delivered face-to-face or available by electronic means for applicants)
Required entrance courses, must be completed within the past 5 years. If more than five years has elapsed, upgrading the pre-requisite courses is mandatory, unless an exception is granted by the Dean of the School of Health Sciences. This is due to the heavy emphasis on these subject areas in the CNC MRAD program.
March 31 is the deadline to submit applications and all qualifying documentation for the September intake of the Medical Radiography Technology Diploma program. The program does accept applications after March 31 if seats are available.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Only selected qualified short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All students will be selected using the following criteria:
- The cumulative grade point average of the required English, Biology, Physics and Mathematics courses (with a minimum GPA 3.0 “B”, with no course lower than “C+”) contributes its actual points – e.g., a GPA of 3.2 contributes 3.2 points. (Up to 4.00 points)
- 30 course credits or more at the postsecondary level, or 1-year equivalency, contributes 2 points (Prorate points for less than 30 credits or for less than 1 year). (Up to 2.00 points)
- Participation in a CNC MRAD program information session. (Up to 1.00 point)
- A completed “Self-Report on Suitability.” (Up to 1.00 point)
- Resident of BC or the Yukon. (Up to 1.00 point)
- Persistent interest in the program, as shown by repeated qualified applications. (Up to 1.00 point)
Total of points for criteria 1 – 6 determines short-list for interview.
- The interview and a completed “Medical Radiography Technology Career Investigation” contributes up to 5.00 points.
Total possible points 15.00
Information sessions will be offered throughout the year for interested applicants.
Note: Self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants who meet the admission requirement by the priority deadline will be given priority for two seats.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost for this program is $21,205
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus. Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
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Salaries and employment
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