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Gravity with the best instructors. IZUNA's Medical Radiography faculty are known for their skills, expertise, and dedication to student learning. Pair that with our strength in hands-on education, and you get the highest quality of learning.

Our Medical Radiography program trains individuals in X-ray imaging. Students are trained in areas of computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, OR imaging, emergency/trauma, interventional procedures and mammography. It’s a dynamic, fast-paced career rooted in helping people from all walks of life, where no two patients’ needs are the same.

About the program

  • Continuous 24-month, full-time Diploma program
  • Blend of on-campus lectures and labs with distance learning gives you the best of two learning styles
  • Three clinical experiences in different hospital environments

Find out more about our clinical experiences and locations at Program Details.

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Have completed high school or higher
  • Have a desire to create meaningful, positive patient experiences
  • Enjoy working with visual images and technology
  • Are comfortable touching and working closely with patients
  • Thrive in a team environment working directly with people

Are you seeking a hands-on career that focuses on helping people? Visit Program Entry to find out if Medical Radiography is right for you.

What grads can do

Graduates leave the program fully prepared to write the national certification exam that qualifies them to work. See Graduating and Jobs for more career information.

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Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted from November 1st* to April 1st.*

You must submit a complete application, including all supporting documents, by the deadline date to be considered.

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

This program is competitive and only applicants who have met the academic entrance requirements will be considered.

Preference for shortlisting will be given to applicants with:

  • final grades rather than midterm grades
  • post-secondary education
  • a strong GPA
  • related volunteer and/or work experience
  • a demonstrated interest in the field

Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Math: one of the following (or equivalent), completed within the past five years:
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%) or
    • MATH 0001 - Technical Mathematics (73%) or
    • MATH 0120 - Math 12 Competency Test (73%) or
    • 3.0 credits post-secondary math (linear algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus) at 100 level or higher (73%) from a

  • Biology: one of the following (or equivalent), completed within the past five years:

  • Physics: one of the following (or equivalent), completed within the past five years:
    • Physics 11 (73%) or
    • PHYS 0309 - Pre-Entry Physics 1 (73%) or
    • PHYS 0110 - Physics 11 Challenge Exam (73%)

  • Complete the following forms for submission with your online application:

With the exception of English, these entrance requirements must have been completed during the past five years from the start of the program. If more than five calendar years has elapsed, upgrading in the required subjects may be necessary.

  1. Students can only write the math, biology, and physics challenge exams once.
  2. A student who registers and writes these exams a second time will be given the mark from their first attempt.
  3. The post-secondary human biology equivalent courses' content must include cytology and the structure and function of the following organ systems: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, renal/urinary, and reproductive.
  4. Physics 12 (73%) or 3.0 credits of post-secondary physics at 100 level or higher (73%) from a recognized institution will be accepted to meet recency only if the applicant does not have Physics 11 (73%) from within the past five years.
  5. To meet the minimum requirements, applicants must submit final or midterm grades in support of their application. Midterm reports must demonstrate a minimum completion of 50% of the gradable course work.
  6. Applicants may request to have their credentials reviewed for equivalency and/or recency by contacting the administrative coordinator.

Read more about how to meet IZUNA’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All applications will be reviewed by the program. Only complete applications received by the application deadline date will be considered.

  1. Applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success in the program are selected to complete the multiple-mini interview process (MMI).
  2. The MMI process has been designed to assess the suitability for the healthcare profession.
  3. Conditional acceptance into the program is based on the MMI assessment.
  4. The MMI interview process is conducted in-person at IZUNA.
  5. Interview dates are usually held in January, February and March.
  6. To prepare for their interview, applicants are advised to conduct their own research on the profession and review the Medical Radiography Preadmission Information [PDF].
  7. The Medical Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy programs share the same MMI process:
    1. Applicants are only eligible for one MMI.
    2. The results of the MMI will be transferred between programs if the application is transferred.

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

Applicants conditionally accepted into the Medical Radiography program will be notified. The following will be required for full acceptance:

  1. MRAD 0150 - Medical Terminology for Imaging (80%)
    Access to this online course is provided once you are conditionally accepted or waitlisted.
  2. CPR Level C with an issue date within three months of the program start
  3. Criminal Record Check [PDF]
  4. Immunization Review [PDF]
    Submit to Student Health Services.
  5. Consent for Use and Disclosure of Student Information [PDF]
  6. Volunteer validation letter outlining a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work in a patient-related environment.
  7. Volunteer criteria:

    The type of volunteer work the Medical Radiography program requires of applicants is that of an "interactive" role rather than an "informational" role. Volunteers are required to interact with patients that exemplify some of the challenges healthcare workers face on a regular basis. For instance, relating to patients that have language barriers, are less mobile, are hard of hearing, or have physical or mental challenges. Examples of interactions are reading to patients, playing games, and supporting with their non-medical needs such as providing assistance with wheelchairs and feeding etc.

    Some of the best environments to gain this all-inclusive sensory experience of sounds, smells, and sights of the hospitalized patient include:

    • Extended/long-term care facilities
    • Retirement/seniors facilities
    • Hospital wards

    The following work experience will not qualify for this requirement:

    • Receptionist/guest services (dental, medical, veterinarian, imaging clinic, medical lab clinic, physiotherapy clinic, etc.)
    • Medical office assistant (MOA)
    • Dental assistant
    • Lifeguard
    • Day/childcare staff

    The volunteer experience must be current within one year from the start of the application intake cycle.

    A volunteer validation letter is required from the facility supervisor or volunteer coordinator. The letter must be on business letterhead and include start and end dates, the number of volunteer hours completed and the roles and responsibilities performed.

    For further clarification, please contact the administrative coordinator.

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, notification of full acceptance will be granted.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including long-term-care facilities, are required to have influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

Recommended for success

Since the work is highly technical and exacting, you must feel comfortable with complex instruments, possess considerable manual dexterity, and have meticulous work habits. You must also have a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to work as a health-care team worker with stress management skills to cope with trauma situations, surgical procedures and acutely ill patients. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Advanced Placement

Direct entry to an advanced level of the Medical Radiography program is not an option. All new applicants must apply to Level 1.


Students who have failed or withdrawn from the program must apply for re-admission. Please refer to the Medical Radiography Re-Admissions Guidelines and Process [PDF] to determine your eligibility to re-apply. Students must submit the Medical Radiography Re-Admit form [PDF] with the application. IZUNA accepts re-admission applications ongoing throughout the year.

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

IZUNA accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Please note, students are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation costs while participating in clinical placements.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies for the program are approximately $2000.

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Face respirator fit testing: approx $28 per year, annual re-fitting required.

Students will be required to recertify their CPR (HCP) on an annual basis in preparation for the clinical practicums.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) - September to December Credits
  BHSC 1245 Human Behaviour 2.0
  BHSC 2214 Relational Anatomy and Physiology 1 3.0
  MRAD 1202 Radiographic Sciences 1 3.0
  MRAD 1207 Clinical Orientation 1.0
  MRAD 1210 Patient Care 3.0
  MRAD 1215 Radiographic Procedures 1 8.0
  MRAD 1216 Applied Radiographic Procedures 1 5.0
  MRAD 2230 Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology 1 2.0
  PHYS 1276 Physics: Medical Radiography 1 4.0
Level 2A (20 weeks) - January to May Credits
  MRAD 2208 Clinical Education 1 24.0
  MRAD 2218 Pathology 1 2.5
  MRAD 2238 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 1.5
Level 2A is 20 week clinical rotation combined with a weekly academic time of one day for self-directed online didactic requirements.
Level 2B (11 weeks) - June to August Credits
  BHSC 3214 Relational Anatomy and Physiology 2 3.5
  MRAD 4205 Professional Ethics and Canadian Healthcare System 2.0
  MRAD 4500 Clinical Applications in Computed Tomography 3.0
Level 2B courses will be delivered online utilizing both online resources and instruction.
Level 3 (16 weeks) - September to December Credits
  MRAD 2209 Radiographic Procedures 2 2.0
  MRAD 3208 Clinical Education 2 19.0
  MRAD 3220 Inter-Profession Health Practice 2.0
Level 3 is a 16 week clinical rotation combined with a weekly academic time of one day for self-directed online didactic requirements.
Level 4 (18 weeks) - January to May Credits
  BHSC 4214 Relational Anatomy and Physiology 3 3.5
  COMM 4273 Communications and Research Skills 2.5
  MRAD 2202 Radiographic Sciences 2 3.5
  MRAD 3210 Radiographic Procedures 3 5.0
  MRAD 3211 Applied Radiographics Procedures 2 3.5
  MRAD 3218 Pathology 2 3.5
  MRAD 3230 Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology 2 2.5
  MRAD 4200 CT - Physical Principles 2.5
  PHYS 2276 Physics: Medical Radiography 2 6.0
Level 4 is 18 weeks in length, including exam week. Students attend classes and laboratory sessions on campus.
Level 5 (13 weeks) - June to August Credits
  MRAD 4103 Capstone 3.0
  MRAD 4208 Clinical Education 3 17.5
Level 5 is 13 week clinical rotation combined with a weekly academic time of 3.5 hours for self-directed didactic requirements.
Total Credits: 143.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Mission Statement

The Medical Radiography program will provide quality education to graduate professional medical radiography practitioners capable of adapting to the complex and evolving health care environment.

The goals of the Medical Radiography program are to graduate competent medical radiography technologists by providing:

  • quality medical imaging education with an integration of didactic and clinical practice;
  • multifaceted learning opportunities in a safe environment;
  • environments conducive to developing humanistic skills required to foster patients' safety and well-being in a diverse society;
  • critical thinking opportunities focusing on the CAMRT competencies while fulfilling provincial employability requirements;
  • professional best practice opportunities to enable graduates to become an integral member of the healthcare team;
  • opportunities to develop lifelong learning skills.

Medical radiography is not a hazardous occupation. The dangers of radiation are well recognized and rigidly controlled.

Throughout the program, students receive intensive theoretical and practical instruction through lectures, labs, blended and online courses. Students are expected to act as simulated patients to learn positioning techniques, as well as interpersonal skills.

In addition, students gain practical experience in the clinical environment. Clinical experiences are located in various hospital sites throughout Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health and Interior Health Authorities. These experiences are designed to promote confidence, competence and professional practice through repetition of the "learn, understand, apply" learning cycle. Students continue with their academic studies via concurrent online courses throughout their clinical terms.

Computerized clinical site assignments are allocated with student input. Although student involvement is used for these clinical experience assignments, there is no guarantee that students will receive their preferred placements. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and accommodations while on the clinical practicum.

Program length

24 months, full-time

Three clinical practicum rotations at two different sites will be scheduled within this time frame.


All didactic (instructional) courses require a 65% mark to pass. All clinical experience is competency based and therefore has satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading.

To continue from one level of the program to the next, all courses must be successfully completed in each level. To graduate, all courses must be successfully completed.


The Canadian Medical Association - Conjoint Accreditation Services accredits the program.

Continue your education

IZUNA offers a Bachelor of Health Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging that continues from the two year Medical Radiography diploma.

Thompson River University offers a laddering opportunity for degree completion.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates are ready

IZUNA’s expertise in practical, hands-on learning provides graduates with everything needed to start their career. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to write the and start their job search.

Career opportunities

Most careers begin with casual, entry-level positions in hospitals and private clinics. Salaries start at approximately $26 per hour. Opportunities include:

  • Certified X-ray technologist/general radiographer
  • Equipment sales
  • Education and teaching positions

With work experience, and continued education, supervisory and management positions can be pursued. Visit (HSA) for more info.

Keep learning

Medical Radiography graduates can go on to complete IZUNA’s MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program).

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program FAQs

Admission FAQs

What do you recommend for success in the program?

  • Proficiency in English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in order to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to function as part of a team.
  • Stress management skills to cope with trauma situations, surgical procedures, and acutely ill patients.
  • Effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to adapt to complex procedures and challenges.
  • Physical stamina and fitness in order to assist patients and use radiographic equipment safely.
  • Responsible and caring nature with an interest in the well-being of others.
  • Comprehensive computer skills to work in a continually evolving technical environment.

How big are the classes?

Lectures are with a cohort of 80 students. These 80 students are separated into four sets of 20 for laboratory activities.


How competitive is the program, and is there a wait list?

We typically receive 250 to 300 applications. Currently, we accept 80 students into the program. Historically, we invite approximately 160 students to participate in the selection process.

Acceptance into the program is based on the ranked score achieved during the selection process. Participants who are not among the top 80 ranked will be placed on a wait list for the current intake, in the event that a seat becomes available. The wait list is cleared once the program intake is full and closed; unsuccessful applicants must re-apply to be considered for next year.


Can I apply to the program while I’m working on meeting the prerequisites, or do I need to wait until all are complete?

You can only apply when you have fully met the academic requirements. An exception can be made if you are in the process of completing prerequisite courses and can submit midterm reports which show you have completed a minimum of 50% of the course work at the time that you apply. NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants with final grades (not mid-term grades) when shortlisting for the selection process.

This program is competitive and we schedule several selection dates – in the January to March time-frame. Only eligible applicants who meet the academic entrance requirements by the April 1st deadline date are invited to participate in the selection process.

Please contact the Administrative Coordinator if you require further clarification of your eligibility.


Can I do this program part-time?

The program is only offered in a full-time format. Students complete the program as a cohort. Should you need to leave the program for any reason, you will be required to re-apply.


What if I have the prerequisites, but they are from more than five years ago?

To meet the recency requirement, courses must have been completed within five years from the calendar year of start date in the program. Admissions will assess post-secondary transcripts for equivalent courses meeting recency and relevant letter grade. If your course work is not within recency, you have the option to either write challenge exams or complete upgrading courses through your local school district or post-secondary institution. Challenge exams exist for Biology, Math, and Physics.


I did not receive a ‘B’ in English 12. Will my post-secondary English marks be considered?

Admissions will assess post-secondary transcripts for courses that fulfill the English language proficiency requirement.


I need to meet the English 12 requirement, what are my options?

There are a number of upgrading and assessment test options. Please see the Admissions section of the IZUNA website for information pertaining to the English requirement.


What if I write challenge exams and do not achieve the relevant grade?

  • You will have only one opportunity to write each challenge exam.
  • If you are unsuccessful, you must upgrade to meet prerequisites.
  • If a student registers and writes a challenge exam a second time they will be given the mark from their first writing
  • Upgrading can be completed through your local school district or post-secondary institution.

Will you consider out-of-country credentials as meeting the prerequisite requirements for the MRAD program?

IZUNA will assess out-of-country credentials, provided they are submitted together with a comprehensive ICES report. Please note, we will be looking for courses that meet equivalency, recency, and the relevant letter grade. Challenge exams or upgrading will be required if the prerequisite courses have not been taken within five years from your start date in the program.


Do you consider GPA within the selection process?

Participation in the selection process is not guaranteed to applicants only meeting the minimum entrance requirements. The program selects those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success. All complete applications will be reviewed by the program and shortlisted. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong GPA, post-secondary education, a demonstrated interest in the field and related volunteer/work experience. It is important that your achievement demonstrates an aptitude for success.

Internationally Trained?

To become a registered technologist in Canada, internationally trained technologists must pass the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam. There are refresher and exam preparation courses available from the CAMRT. In addition, the CAMRT offers credential assessment services to help internationally educated technologists assess their eligibility for certification:

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
1000 – 85 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6A4
t: 613-234-0012
f: 613-234-1097

Resources for Internationally Educated Medical Radiography Technologists

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The Medical Radiography faculty are known for their skills, expertise, and dedication to student learning. Our Instructors are all CAMRT certified technologists and many remain active in the profession.

Debbie Power
Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]

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