As a graduate, you will be eligible to write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists certification exam which is required by most employers within Canada. While Camosun does not currently offer a post-graduate degree there are a variety of Canadian and international institutions that offer Medical Imaging and related degrees.
Learning for Practice, Learning for Change.
As a Medical Radiography student, you are part of the Allied Health & Technologies department of our School of Health and Human Services.
The School of Health and Human Services is dedicated to preparing learners to work effectively as caring professionals on health care teams and in human service agencies. We offer a broad range of certificate and diploma level programs, a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, and continuing education courses and programs.
Our programs are designed to ensure that learners master the theory and skills necessary for caring, safe and effective practice. A variety of clinics and agencies become the "living laboratories" where supervised practice encourages learners to develop the values and competencies required for health and human service positions.
As a Medical Radiography Technologist, you will have the option to become certified by the national professional body, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. National certification is an advantage when seeking employment, and is required by most employers.
To become certified (registered) you must pass the national examination. This exam is available in January, May and September each year. The exam is four hours long and results are provided approximately three weeks after you write. You are allowed four (4) re-writes within two (2) years but if you are employed, your employer may expect you to pass these exams within a shorter time frame.
The exam is costly and should be part of your financial planning. Examination rewrites cost the same as the original exam. For more information, visit the CAMRT website.
As a Medical Radiography Technologist (MRT), you can earn an average annual salary of $53,000 to $68,000 per year. For BC salary information, visit the Health Sciences Association, which is the bargaining agent for most MRTs in both public and private imaging departments.
Medical Radiography Technologists typically work 7.5 hour shifts, although you may work 10 or 12 hours shifts at some sites. You can expect to work day, evening and night shifts in most departments.
Most graduates initially work in a casual capacity. While you may not have a regular full time position, you may work full time hours, providing relief for technologists on vacation, sick leave or maternity leave. It may take one to two years before you are in a regular position.
There is a strong demand for graduates and opportunities exist for graduates to continue training into imaging specialties such as CT, Breast Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Graduates have also found employment in management, equipment application and sales, research and educational roles.
Public facilities, such as hospitals, are unionized with the Health Sciences Association. Some employment agencies (some clinics) may not be unionized. You can find the HSA union contract here.