Radiological Technology: University of Toronto Joint Program
Program at a glance:
Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiation Sciences from the University of Toronto & Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences from The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
8 semesters over 3 years
February 1, 2021
Registered Radiological Technologists provide patient-centered medical imaging services (radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT)) in hospitals, independent health facilities, and dental radiology clinics. Research opportunities also exist within imaging and hospital-based research departments.
Future career opportunities as a Radiological Technologist include (but are not limited to) Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound (Diagnostic Medical Sonography), Medical Imaging informatics, management, medical sales, new product development, and education.
Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examinations conducted by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). Certification qualifies graduates to work across Canada and allows Radiological Technologists to apply for registration with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO). Radiological Technology is a regulated profession within the province of Ontario
Graduates of the Radiological Technology program will be able to provide effective and compassionate care for patients while carrying out diagnostic medical imaging procedures. The program will prepare students to be able to communicate with patients and members of the health care team, and operate sophisticated radiation-emitting equipment.
After a year of fundamental courses, the student will participate in a two-month clinical placement. In second year, the student will further develop necessary skills to complete and adapt procedures based on the patients’ medical condition. The third year of the program will mainly consist of training in the hospital setting, enabling the students to develop the knowledge, skills and judgement, required of a practicing Radiological Technologist.
Affiliation with UHN Joint Department of Medical Imaging ensures the students learn the most up-to-date procedures and enables imaging specialists to be involved in the program.
Up-to-date imaging equipment in the X-ray labs provide students with hands-on practice prior to working with patients at the affiliated hospitals. Learning activities in Michener’s simulation centre and with simulated patients prepare the students to transition to the clinical education phases of the program.
Learners will also have the opportunity to select one of three selectives pathways: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Imaging Informatics or Clinical Management. They are designed to provide learners with an option for additional career development post-graduation.
Graduates are also eligible to write the certification exam conducted by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT).
Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science specializing in Medical Radiation Sciences (BSc. (MRS)) from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Health Sciences from the Michener Institute and may pursue advanced studies at University of Toronto or Michener, including:
Radiological Technologists provide medical imaging services in a compassionate, patient-focused model of care. Technologists operate a variety of medical imaging equipment in areas such as general radiography, CT, fluoroscopy, mammography and BMD. Technologists are responsible for verifying the appropriateness of the requested procedures through consultation with the health care team. In producing diagnostic images, technologists provide optimal care for the patient, use minimal radiation and employ appropriate radiation protection measures based on the patient’s condition. The quality of the imaging provided is reviewed by the technologist to allow for diagnosis. The field of radiological technology also involves participation in therapeutic procedures in CT, OR, and the interventional suite.
Some Examples of Radiological Technology:
- General Radiology is used to detect bone fractures and pathological processes, locate foreign objects in the body, and demonstrate the relationship between bone and soft tissue.
- Fluoroscopy produces real-time X-ray images. Fluoroscopy is used in conjunction with contrast media to enable visualization of internal structures such as the gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels and various organs during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Fluoroscopy is also performed in the operating room during surgery providing the surgeon visual guidance for various surgical procedures.Computerized Tomography produces cross-sectional and 3-dimensional images of various structures in the body
- Interventional procedures carried out under fluoroscopy or computed tomography utilize contrast agents to visualize the cardiovascular system and other organs
- Mammography produces radiographic images of the breast to detect cancer in its earliest stages
- Provide effective and compassionate care for patients while carrying out diagnostic medical imaging procedures
- Perform an integral role in the detection of injury and disease performing diagnostic imaging examinations using X-radiation, including radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, and mammography.
- Use medical imaging technology and advanced computer systems to produce and enhance radiographic images.
- Work closely with patients, doctors, and other health professionals as part of the interdisciplinary health care team.
- Are detail-oriented and apply their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and physics; Radiological Technologists are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced.
Radiological Technologists are vital members of the interprofessional health care team devoted to providing compassionate, patient-focused care. Technologists must have the skills necessary to communicate with patients, problem-solve, and work well with other members of the health care team. They also need to possess the technical expertise to operate medical imaging equipment safely.
Consider Radiological Technology if you:
- enjoy working with people
- have good interpersonal skills including the ability to listen carefully and provide clear instructions
- Good at problem solving
- Enjoy learning and applying new procedures and technologies
- Adaptable to a variety of work (eg. general radiography, fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, trauma radiography, computed tomography (CT), interventional radiology, mammography, imaging informatics, provide imaging services in the operating room
The joint University of Toronto/Michener Radiological Technology Degree/Advanced Diploma program is a three-year full time program. There is one intake each year, in September, and courses are held at both University of Toronto’s St. George campus and at Michener.
Applicants to the Radiological Technology University of Toronto Joint Program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.See Admissions Requirements
In order to support discipline-specific activities / course work in the joint Medical Radiation Sciences program (all streams), students must have dedicated access to a PC with a Windows operating system (OS) that meets identified minimum technology requirements. (Please refer to Michener’s Minimum Technology Requirements – https://michener.ca/admissions/registrars-office/minimum-technology-requirements/ for full details). All non-Windows based devices such as:
- Apple macOS devices (e.g. Macbooks, iMacs)
- Apple iOs devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
- Android devices (e.g. Samsung, Google, LG phones & tablets)
- ChromeOS devices (e.g. Chromebooks & Chrometops)
are not recommended and cannot be supported, as they do not currently support MRS Program discipline-specific tools.
Semester 1 – Fall
Semester 2 – Winter
Semester 3 – Summer
Semester 4 – Fall
Semester 5 – Winter
Semester 6 – Summer
Semester 7 – Fall
Semester 8 – Winter
Note: The above curriculum is subject to change. Clinical education may be scheduled as simulation experience at Michener or as placement in clinical environments with our clinical partners.
Selectives give you some expertise in specialized fields of practice such as MRI, ultrasound, health education, specialized radiation therapy methods, and computer-assisted image analysis, and may allow you to fast track certain advanced level programs.
Length: 42 weeks
- 8 weeks at the end of Year 1
- 4 weeks at the end of Year 2
- 30 weeks in Year 3
At the end of the first year of the program, you will be placed in an affiliated clinical site for an eight-week period in May and June. At the end of the second year you will return to your clinical site. In the third year of the program, you will be placed at the same site for two full semesters (30 weeks)
As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals, in Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of Radiological Technologists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.
Clinical partner sites and number of student placement allocations at each site are subject to change and are confirmed at the time of your placement. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement:
- CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
- N95 Mask Fit Testing
- Updated Vulnerable Sector Screening (also required upon admission)
- Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)
Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine. This vaccine may be a requirement at some clinical sites. Students who are not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask during patient interaction throughout the influenza season (December-March).
For additional information regarding the health requirements, please refer to Michener’s Health Services & Requirements page.
For University of Toronto Bursaries, contact the MRS Program at email@example.com.
With small lab sizes and a hands-on environment, the Radiological Technology program allows you to learn in a setting that is really specialized and intimate. The lab instructors provided me with the knowledge, skills and even tips that would be applicable down the road in my future profession. Over the course of two years, I was able to develop my communication, technical and even personal skills to become the best version of myself as a student technologist heading out into the hospital.