A rigorous, rewarding program
This program is in high demand and the number of qualified applicants will exceed the number of seats available, and, as such, not all of those meeting minimum requirements can be admitted.
Admission process overview
Apply online between September 4, 2018 and December 14, 2018, by noon.
- Stage 1
- Submission of official documentation of academic and non-academic admission requirements due January 11, 2019.
- Stage 2
- Video essay questions, academic assessment test and interviews. Interviews will take place during Winter Reading Week.
- Stage 3
- Acceptance of invitation to the program and completion of prerequisites by May 17, 2019.
Note: Current high school applicants will be required to meet application deadlines. Provisional Qualification will not be given based on interim high school grades for this program.
Official documentation of all completed academic and non-academic admission requirements by January 11, 2019.
Official documentation of any 'in progress' academic admission requirements must be received by the document submission deadline: May 17, 2019.
Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
Effective date: September 2018
|Requirement||High school course||Camosun course||Alternatives|
|Medical Terminology||Completion of a Medical Terminology course consisting of a minimum of 60 instructional hours with a letter grade of B or higher. |
Note: The Medical Terminology Assessment administered through Island Health may not be used to meet this requirement.
|Physical Requirements||A completed Physical Requirements Form.|
|Info Session||Attendance at an Medical Radiography Program information session. An online information session PDF is available for anyone unable to attend in person.|
|Volunteer Work||40 hours of volunteer work in a patient-related environment.|
|Resume and Cover Letter||A resume and cover letter outlining relevant work experience and any personal achievements. The cover letter should answer the question, "How do you see your academic and life experience as preparation for the Medical Radiography program?"|
- The cost of all program admission and participation requirements is the responsibility of the applicant.
- The program will maintain a short waitlist for entry into the same year, pending withdrawals or deferrals. In extenuating circumstances an invited applicant may apply for a one year deferral. The waitlist will not be retained for future years. Those applicants meeting the academic requirements, but not gaining a seat in the year of application will need to reapply but will not need to resubmit academic information already sent in.
- The type of volunteer work the Medical Radiography Department requires of applicants is that of an "interactive" role rather than an "informational" role; interacting with patients on a more personal level. For example: reading to patients, playing games (cards, bingo, etc.), providing for their non-medical needs (assistance with wheelchairs, mobility, etc.).
- The best environment to gain this all-inclusive sensory experience of sounds, smells and sights of the hospitalized patient is within an institutional care setting. Medical Radiography Technologists typically work in acute care environments.
- Individuals having prior work experience (health care assistants, nurses, physicians, paramedics) in acute or direct patient care environments may submit a letter of recommendation form filled out by a direct supervisor confirming their role and responsibilities performed in lieu of the volunteer hours.
- The following work experience will not qualify for this requirement: receptionist (dental, medical, veterinarian, imaging clinic, medical lab clinic, physiotherapy clinic), medical office assistant (MOA), dental assistant, life guard, day/child care staff.
- You must submit a letter from the facility supervisor (Volunteer Coordinator) confirming at least 40 volunteer hours and the role and responsibilities performed. Some facilities may require more than 40 hours of volunteer time in order for this letter to be provided – i.e. VIHA typically requires 60 hrs.
The volunteer hour requirement will be discussed at the Medical Radiography program Information Session.
A select number of applicants will be invited to attend an interview session. The following criteria will be taken into consideration for selection of applicants:
- Meeting the minimum requirements as outlined in Stage 1.
- The academic coursework achieved above the minimum requirements, particularly in the subject areas of anatomy and physiology, physics and medical terminology.
- The quality and quantity of volunteer work.
- Any other related post-secondary education achievements.
- Any related work experience Identified in a resume.
- Any personal achievements identified on the resume (for example: humanitarian awards).
- How the applicant has answered the question “How do you see your academic and life experience as preparation for the Medical Radiography program?” in their cover letter using a ranking rubric.
Stage 2 will consist of three parts:
- The applicant will watch a selection of videos. After each video they will be asked to write a short (one - two paragraph) essay on a question relevant to that video.
- The applicant will write a short multiple choice test to assess their current knowledge related to the posted minimum academic admission requirements.
- The applicant will participate in a series of brief interviews which address the applicant's preparedness to enter the program.
Scores from the interviews and assessments will be totaled and the students selected will be offered seats in the program in a given year, pending completion of the Program Participation Requirements prior to the program start date. Applicants will be notified how to complete the Program Participation Requirements in their invitation letter.
- Indication of clinical site preferences and acceptance of the final assigned clinical site selections.
- It is required that students have yearly respirator mask 'fit-testing' done. Fitting will be completed in the program and students will be responsible for completing this process prior to the first clinical experience and for any associated costs.
- Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C is required prior to the first clinical placement. Annual recertification of CPR Level C must be maintained throughout the program. Students will be responsible for the cost of this certification.
- Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Justice for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
- Students need to be fluent in the use of computers to be successful in this program. The majority of program content is managed via an online learning management system and students will be required to access specialty applications unique to the Medical Radiography program during their clinical placements. Expanded access to dedicated learning labs, computer workstations, and internet connectivity is available on campus.
- Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the College barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement and/or a clinical/community rotation.
- Students are responsible to provide evidence that they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before practicum start. Students are responsible for the cost of testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
You must achieve at least a C+ in each course and a COM for all practice-based courses in order to successfully complete the program and be awarded a Diploma in Medical Radiography.
Upon completion of the program, you'll be eligible to write the national certification examination to become registered with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiological Technologists (CAMRT), which is a requirement to work in most provinces in Canada.
- Next intake
- September 2019
- Application window
- September 4, 2018 to December 14, 2018 at noon
- Admission requirements submission
- January 11, 2019
The application deadline for the September 2018 intake is now closed.
It is recommended that the Grade 12 sciences and math be completed within the last 5 years.
If you have not completed these within the last 5 years, it does not mean that you will not be considered; however, upgrading in the required subjects is recommended in order to best prepare yourself for the significant course load of this program.