• Overview - 2019/2020

    Controlling and operating the powerful technology that help save lives is as important as a career gets. If you are passionate about helping those most in need, and have a desire for professional and personal fulfillment, the Medical Radiation Technology program will give you the skills necessary to become part of a valued medical team as a Radiological Technologist.

    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.

    Imaging is both an art and a science. You will study courses such as 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 and go on to work as a Radiological Technologist in the diagnostic imaging department of a hospital or medical clinic.

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    Program coordinator:

    Jamie Kueneman
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x6114

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020


    This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for descriptions of grades and educational background required for a successful application.
    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)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
    - Communications
    - Core Mathematics
    - Physics
    - Biology
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 70)
    OR
    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 
    OR
    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)
    OR
    Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above 

    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 580 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 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

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

    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

    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
    Note:
    • 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, 2019 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

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement 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
  • Courses

    Medical Radiation Technology-2019/2020

    Level 1Credits
    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-1016Patient Management 12
    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 MR environment. Students will practice patient preparations for specific examinations using effective communication skills and infection control measures in the lab environment. Pharmacology, drug administration and administration of contrast agents, including venipuncture will be introduced. Opportunities for interprofessional practice will be provided.
    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.

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RADL-3001Radiographic Procedures 26.5
    In this course, the students will build on skills previously learned in Radiographic Procedures 1 and continue with imaging practices of the skeletal system of the Spine and Skull regions. They will also be introduced to imaging of the Bony Thorax, Chest, Soft Tissue Neck and Abdomen. Radiographic imaging will be performed on phantom bone models in all these areas. The student will assess their radiographic images for acceptance criteria and will identify pertinent radiographic anatomy. More complex procedures involving imaging of the digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and breast imaging will be introduced. Through simulation, students will critically analyze routine and non-routine procedures, including variations in imaging required for various patients and pathological conditions. Effective organizational, communication, reflective practice and critical thinking skills will be applied in lab simulations.
    RADL-3010Medical Radiation Sciences 23
    Course material will include the science and construction of x-ray producing equipment, and science of radiation. Radiographic equipment will be studied in the categories, or subdivisions of imaging, found in large, modern-imaging departments. Topics are specifically technical in nature requiring an aptitude/interest in technology.
    RADL-3004Anatomy & Physiology 23
    This course will continue the study from RADL 1005 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 situ anatomy, in varying positions, in preparation for cross sectional anatomy, pathology and imaging procedures for the Medical Radiation Technologist. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of the gross anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, urinary system, cardiovascular system, and reproductive system including a comprehensive study of in situ anatomy of the abdomen. Further analysis of the lymphatic system, endocrine system and muscular system will be addressed. The correlation of anatomy and physiology to clinical situations will also be emphasized through examples and critical thought.
    RADL-1007Radiation Protection & Radiobiology2
    Course material includes types, sources and biologic effects of ionizing radiation. This course provides the necessary knowledge concerning methods of limiting radiation exposure to patients, public and workers when administering diagnostic x-rays.
    RADL-3009Patient Management 22
    This course expands on concepts from Patient Management 1 as described by the requirements of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) competency profile. Concepts of patient management for various routine and emergency patient care situations including IV insertion, maintenance, and fluid balance are reviewed. The student will learn to identify pharmacological agents that may be used in emergency situations and to recognize the role of the radiographer in preparing and administering these drugs. In particular, the students will learn about aseptic technique and how to maintain a sterile field. Students will also be able to recognize many tubes and lines specifically associated with chest and abdominal imaging and how to care for the patient with these devices or lines. Laboratory components built within the course content will allow the student to view and/or utilize the new skill sets described above prior to entering the clinical component of their MRT education.
    RADL-1017Professional Practice2
    This course will introduce the student to professional issues confronting health care providers. The topics for discussion include professional associations, regulatory bodies, legislated acts, and The Standards of Practice as they relate to Medical Radiation Technologists. Through lectures, and exercises, students will further develop and strengthen communication skills, and learn how to manage difficult and stressful situations within the health care environment. The current structure of the Canadian Health care system and emerging issues in health care relative to medical Radiation technology will also be explored.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RADL-5012Imaging Applications/Quality Management4
    Students will study the principles and factors that impact image quality, image display, image archiving and image retrieval. Images will be evaluated for diagnostic quality, including recommendations for corrective measures. Quality control, quality management and quality assurance with respect to equipment and process found in diagnostic imaging are discussed and practiced. Post-processing options on acquired image data as well as digital networking and archiving systems will be reviewed. Provincial and National regulations and standards are complied with, compared to, and applied in a lab setting.
    RADL-3015Sectional Anatomy3
    This course builds on Anatomy & Physiology. Students learn about sectional anatomy relating to the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis. Anatomy will be presented in transverse, sagittal and coronal planes. The emphasis will be on interpretation of CT and MRI images. Independent learning is required. The emphasis is on correlating anatomy between CT/MRI tomograms, anatomy atlases, and 3D images/animations.
    RADL-5014Radiographic Procedures 33.5
    This course covers the more complex imaging procedures within and outside of the Radiology Department. Students will explore procedures employed in the trauma, mobile, interventional, BMD, and surgical settings. Laboratory components will help students acquire the practical skills needed to interpret a physician's requisition, critique an image, and perform a complete simulated radiologic examination on a standardized patient. Students will review all positioning skills and procedures for the skeletal system, chest, and abdomen and further develop image critiquing skills in preparation for their clinical placements.
    HLTH-1101Research Principles: Intro3
    This is an introductory course into the process and principles of research. Topics will include the purpose of research in health care, the research process, research paradigms, systematic review, reporting research, knowledge translation, and ethics in research. The student will learn about the components and theories of research, how the theories have changed over time, and through scientific methods, how research can impact their life and practice. This course will also discuss the importance of health care administration; relating to financial concerns of health care, such as public funding, health insurance and managing hospital practice in accordance with a budget. Topics such as assuring compliance with national and provincial regulations and delivery of high quality patient care will also be discussed. Delivery will include large and small group discussion; article critiquing, literature reviews and presentations of scientific articles.
    RADL-3014Pathology3
    This course relates common pathologies to their radiographic appearances. The focus is radiographic appearances and technical considerations regarding each pathology. Images from other medical radiation imaging modalities such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and nuclear imaging will also be explored.

    Level 4Credits
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    RADL-1011Clinical Practicum 128.5
    The purpose of this course is to allow the student to apply the didactic knowledge in the clinical environment. As the course progresses, the student will advance to more complicated examinations under the supervision of a clinical co-ordinator and staff technologists.

    Level 5Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RADL-3006Clinical Practicum 228.5
    The purpose of this course is to allow the student to continue application of the didactic knowledge in the clinical environment. The student will be introduced to more complex procedures under the supervision of a clinical co-ordinator and staff technologists.
    RADL-1018Theory Review Test 11
    The purpose of this course is to provide a standardized review of all didactic material covered in the academic semesters at the College. The exams, prepared by college faculty, will be administered in an online format to mimic the CAMRT National Certification Exam format.

    Level 6Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RADL-3007Clinical Practicum 328.5
    The purpose of this course is to allow the student to continue application of the didactic knowledge in the clinical environment. The student will be introduced to more complex procedures under the supervision of a clinical co-ordinator and staff technologists.
    RADL-3013Theory Review Test 21
    The purpose of this course is to continue to provide a standardized review of didactic material. The exams are prepared by College faculty and are administered on-line at the Clinical Site or at the College.

    Level 7Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RADL-5015Capstone4
    This course offers an integrated approach to the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge of the Medical Radiation Technologist. Through the analysis of course material, scenarios, and case studies, this course will help prepare the student for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) national certification exam.
    RADL-5011Clinical Practicum 417.25
    The purpose of this course is to expose the students to increasing responsibility and develop competence in progressively more complex techniques and procedures as they proceed from semesters four through seven.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 1 and 2

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 43 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    The graduate technologist uses ionizing radiation under the direction of a radiologist to produce images that assist in the diagnosis of disease or traumatic conditions. The CAMRT certificate qualifies the technologist to work in a wide range of hospitals, medical clinics, private radiologist's offices and in industry.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
    Program Code: MRT1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates 

    Contact

    School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    The Medical Radiation Technology program is offered over three academic years (7 levels).  Fanshawe College provides the 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.  Graduates will be eligible to write the certification exams of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists and subsequent registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario.

    Other Information

    • Due to the academic rigor required in the Medical Radiation Technology program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program.  The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees  program is an excellent preparatory program for those considering a career as a health care professional.
    • Certification: Graduates of the Medical Radiation Technology program are eligible to write certification examinations by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists followed by registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario.
    • Eligibility for registration in Ontario in any regulated health discipline requires the candidate to provide information regarding any criminal offence or physical/mental condition which may affect practice.
    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.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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