Program Overview

Medical Radiation Technology is a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program where you’ll study human anatomy, radiobiology and radiographic procedures. Students will develop technical imaging expertise through classroom instruction, lab work and hospital training in various departments. Graduates will gain the necessary skills of communication and patient care skills to care for a diverse population.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
104 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2022 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

If you are passionate about helping those most in need, the Medical Radiation Technology program will give you the necessary skill set. You will begin the three-year program by developing technical imaging expertise through a combination of classroom instruction and lab work in Fanshawe's new digital, state-of-the-art MRT lab. As well, you will gain invaluable hands-on experience by completing a 54-week clinical placement at a hospital in Ontario.


Courses focus on human anatomy, radiobiology, and radiographic procedures, along with developing your communication and patient care skills to care for a diverse population. Hospital training occurs in the areas of general radiology, emergency departments, operating rooms, intensive care units, and interventional suites. X-ray technologists also perform procedures such as computed tomography (CT) with and without IV contrast injections, angiography, mammography, mobile radiography and more.


When you graduate, you will be eligible to write the national certification exam of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.


The Medical Radiation Technology program is offered over three academic years (7 levels).  Fanshawe College provides theoretical knowledge along with an extensive simulation component of the program while a number of participating hospitals across Southwestern Ontario offer practical instruction and clinical experience.


The Radiological Technologist uses x-ray radiation to create images of the tissues, organs, bones and vessels that make up the human body.  Through a combination of classroom lectures, laboratory simulation, and clinical education, students learn to operate sophisticated x-ray equipment, and advanced computer systems to produce diagnostic images of human anatomy, position patients for x-ray procedures, practice radiation safety and deliver quality patient care.


The Medical Radiation Technology program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the MRT profession.  


Career Information ​​​​​​

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Medical Radiation Technology program are eligible to write the national certification exam of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and go on to work as a radiological technologist producing images that assist in the diagnosis of disease or traumatic conditions. Certified technologists can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, private radiologist's offices, education and research facilities and cancer treatment clinics.


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Medical Radiation Technology program:

Medical Radiation Technologist
Work under direct supervision of an oral maxillofacial radiologist at a dental radiology clinic.

Medical Radiation Technologist
Responsible for all X-ray examinations as requested by a physician to produce high-quality studies for interpretation.

X-Ray Technologist
Perform general radiography, fluoroscopy procedures and associated clerical duties.


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 health care 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, health care 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 health care 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.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Jamie Kueneman

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
- Core Mathematics
- Physics
- Biology
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate*
(Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) AND:
- minimum final grade of 'B' or 70 in the required courses stated above 
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
- The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results
   having a minimum average Standard Score of 560 AND:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)
Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above 
Competitive Programs
This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Post-Secondary education may be required for successful admission to this program. Please see for details. International students, please note: you must successfully graduate from Pre-Health Sciences before being considered for this program.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 65, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 12 Science (M)
  • Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should have a keen sense of responsibility, positive attitude, empathy to understand others feelings, tact, courtesy and an interest in the welfare of others
  • Good problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Good communication skills and the ability to put people at ease
  • This is a physically demanding occupation.  Medical Radiation Technologists are on their feet for most of their shift.  They handle very heavy equipment, move equipment positioned at heights of about 2 metres, lift accessory equipment weighing up to 10 kilograms and help patients move
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Medical Radiation Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Medical Radiation Technology program.  The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Medical Radiation Technology program.
  • *Students who are currently registered in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2022 and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Medical Radiation Technology program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Medical Radiation Technology program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement


Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
RADL-1001Radiographic Procedures 15
In this course the student is introduced to the fundamental principles involved in performing radiographic examinations of the upper and lower extremities including the pelvis and hips. This is achieved through lectures, labs, simulated practical situations, phantom bone model imaging, and assignments. The student will be introduced to the PACEMAN model of image critique to determine the acceptance criteria of diagnostic images to determine corrective measures, and begin reflective practice skills. They will also identify the pertinent radiographic anatomy of each area of study. Routine and non-routine case scenarios will be discussed. Effective organizational skills, communication and critical thinking will be applied in lab simulations and evaluations.
RADL-1014Diagnostic Imaging4
This course provides a sound knowledge base of the process involved in both the formation and the quality of the diagnostic image. Emphasis will be placed on factors that influence the resultant image such as patient variables, technical exposure factors, beam geometry, image algorithms, and post-acquisition processing. Laboratory sessions and discussion of experimental data help to reinforce the lecture content.
RADL-1015Medical Radiation Sciences 13
This course presents the science of radiographic imaging and provides students with the foundational knowledge to operate radiographic equipment and conduct quality imaging procedures using safe practices. Topics include electricity, the x-ray tube and collimator, electromagnetic radiation, electrostatics, the production of x-rays, attenuation, and mammography. Students will review the physical principles affecting image acquisition and quality.
RADL-1019Patient Management 12.5
This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to manage patients according to the requirements of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) competency profile. Topics include clinical history taking, patient assessments and monitoring skills that ensures safety within the medical imaging environment. Infection control, aseptic techniques, patient lifts and transfers, and the role of the radiographer in complex patient-care scenarios are introduced. Students will practice patient preparations for specific examinations using effective communication skills and infection control measures in the lab environment.
RADL-1005Anatomy & Physiology 13
This course involves the study of the structures and functions of the human body as it relates to homeostasis. The learner will utilize anatomical terminology to describe the organization of the human body as it relates to in vivo anatomy in preparation for cross sectional anatomy, pathology and imaging procedures for the Medical Radiation Technologist. The learner will explore the relationship of the cellular and tissue level to the body systems. Emphasis is placed on the gross anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and respiratory system in varying views of normal and altered positioning. The correlation of anatomy and physiology to clinical situations will also be emphasized through examples and critical thought.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.