If you’re considering a career in health - one that lets you work one-on-one with people and use state-of-the-art medical equipment - Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Medical Radiologic Technology program might be for you.
Radiological technologists produce images of body parts and systems using X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and breast imaging equipment. You need to be diligent, detail-oriented and committed to high work standards. You also need to be comfortable positioning and touching patients, as well as talking with them.
This program is subject to the high-demand admission process. It opens for application on October 1, and closes on February 15, each academic year. On February 15, paper applications are accepted until 4:30 p.m., and online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Saskatchewan times). All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on February 28(29).
International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this high-demand program.
Medical Radiologic Technology is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . You’ll get hands-on training in the use of radiographic equipment, learn how to position patients to get the best images and learn to critique images. You’ll also develop knowledge and skills in:
Extensive clinical experience gives you a chance to apply what you learn in class in an actual clinical setting. You’ll get 50 weeks of clinical experience, including one week in your first year and the remaining 49 weeks during three separate practicums in your second year. When you graduate, you’ll be competent in radiographic procedures as applied to the human body.
You can use your Medical Radiologic Technology diploma to ladder into a degree program at the University of Regina or Athabasca University in Alberta. A degree is usually required if you are interested in moving into management or teaching positions.
After graduation, you’ll write the national Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam. CAMRT certification allows you to work anywhere in Canada and to become a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT), which is a requirement to work in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Medical Radiologic Technology program is recognized by the Canadian Forces, which means you can qualify for CF Paid Education funding. On graduation, you’ll also receive advanced standing as a Medical Radiation Technologist, which earns you a higher pay rate than graduates of non-CF recognized programs. Visit cafcod-rpfcfac.forces.gc.ca for more information.
Each year, 20 students are accepted to this program. In the first year, students will experience a mix of traditional lectures, web-assisted learning, practical and simulation labs. Second year students continue their learning in a clinical practicum within the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
For this program, there is a heavy workload with 15 - 20 hours/week of homework. Classes are Monday - Friday with variable hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Clinical practicum hours will coincide with health care hours, and may include early morning start times (5 or 6 a.m.), evening, night or weekend shifts.
Lectures and Practical labs: Saskatoon
Clinical Practicum Experiences
There are many career options open to nationally certified medical radiological technologists (MRTs). Choose a career in general radiography or specialize in computerized tomography, mammography or angiography. Hospitals are a major employer, but you also might work in a radiology clinic, cancer clinic, community health centre or private medical clinic. You could also explore careers in veterinary clinics, educational institutes and equipment sales.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Medical Radiation Technologist||Medical Radiation Technologists (3215)||$47,100 - $97,800|
|Radiography Technologist||Medical Radiation Technologists (3215)||$47,100 - $97,800|
|X-Ray Technologist||Medical Radiation Technologists (3215)||$47,100 - $97,800|
Take x-rays and perform radiographic procedures in various areas within a clinic or hospital, such as the:
Communicate and interact professionally with people, including:
Position patients to obtain optimal images for the pathology in question.
While performing procedures you may be required to:
Procedures that you may not be aware an MRT and MRT student will do include:
Interests describe what people enjoy doing often in the course of a day. Individuals in this program often enjoy:
Values describe what the potential students have a high regard for, what gives meaning to their work and their lives, and what things they will work hard for:
Aptitudes or strengths are natural abilities, talents and general suitability for learning in a particular field. An example is a musical aptitude/talent where people have a natural ability; therefore, it is easier for them to develop skills in this area. Another example is mechanical ability. People with this natural talent are able to learn mechanical skills more easily than others who lack the suitability.
A skill is learned and developed. It is the learned capacity to do something that has been practiced and worked on until it can be done easily. It is expected that individuals entering the program will have developed a reasonable level of skill in the following areas in order to successfully complete the program:
The purpose of this section is to give you an understanding of this career field and to help you make more informed career decisions
There are 9 skill categories with examples of how workers use them on the job. The categories are: Reading, Using Documents, Writing, Math, Oral Communication, Thinking Skills, Working with Others, Computer Use and Continuous Learning. This section is based on the more detailed Essential Skills developed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Using documents refers to tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, icons and other visual characteristics appear. It may involve reading, writing and/or creating.
A typical example of problem solving required in the program is when the film processor jams and your film is caught inside. It is often up to the technologist to determine where the film is caught, what caused it and to determine if it can be fixed or if service needs to be called in.
Decision making (2 of 5 thinking skills)
This refers to making a choice among options. Decision making occurs during problem solving but not all decision making is part of problem solving. Therefore, it is presented as a separate thinking skill. For example, buyers for retail outlets regularly make decisions about which suppliers to buy from and they select among the options for particular types of merchandise. This is not problem solving.
Job task planning and organizing (3 of 5 thinking skills)
Significant use of memory (4 of 5 thinking skills)
Finding information (5 of 5 thinking skills)
When investigating this career, you are encouraged to:
Year 1 - 41 weeks; Year 2 - 49 weeks
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics and physics requirements also accepted:
High-demand programs consistently have more applicants than spaces available at each Saskatchewan Polytechnic location at which they are offered. High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. The application period for high-demand programs is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
For required information on preparing your application, refer to the Selection Process Guide for Applicants.
Year 1 - $12,800
Year 2 - $13,500
Additional programs costs that students are responsible for include:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT) program is an accredited program. Program content is based on the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists competency profile with topics added as appropriate for addressing local needs.
Graduates are eligible to write the national Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam, which allows you to work anywhere in Canada. You are also eligible for licensure with the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT).The cost of Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists national certification examination is the responsibility of the student. For more information, see www.camrt.ca/certification.