Bachelor of Medical Imaging Bachelor of Medical Imaging

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A photograph of a nurse using medical imaging equipment.

DegreeFull time - 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code

CH3757

Domestic

$6,500 - $7,200

Starts

February

International

$21,280

Credits

360

Course related costs

$1,500 for Year 1 for texts (more may be required in Years 2 and 3); plus costs associated with clinical placement

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Due 1 September

International Applications due

1 September for February start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Content

Take your analytical mind and compassionate nature into a rewarding role in the health sector with our Bachelor of Medical Imaging. Ongoing advances in technology mean this is an ever changing environment where skilled professionals are in high demand.

Using x-rays and other equipment to take images of people's injuries and possible diseases you will learn how to perform radiography and understand how CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, nuclear medicine, mammography, contribute to patient diagnosis and treatment.

You will also develop the communication skills needed to deal with patients in a compassionate way.

To meet the demanding standards the profession requires, our degree combines clinical practice with theory to make your training more valuable and assist with the transition from trainee stage to becoming a qualified Medical Radiation Technologist.

You will be on clinical placement for approximately 60 weeks during your studies. We have a wide range of clinical sites in cities around New Zealand.

To get an insight into medical imaging careers prior to your application for this programme you can make a request to take part in a work shadowing experience in the radiology department at the hospital.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:

    • English or an approved literacy* subject
    • science or mathematics (preferably physics or mathematics)
    • one other subject from the list of approved subjects* (preference given to physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics) and
    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects/

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Pre Health and Science with a preference of 65% in CSHB301 (The Human Body), CSMB302 (Cell and Microbial Biology), CSAS301 (Academic Skills 1), CSAS401 (Academic Skills 2), MATH162 (Algebra 1), MATH261 (Algebra 2) and MATH311 (Maths and Statistics).

Additional requirements
  • In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.

  • Consent to Disclosure of Information
    Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

  • A current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.

  • Your referee reports and interview (if required) should provide evidence of attributes required for a successful career in medical imaging.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

7.0

READING

6.5

WRITING

6.5

LISTENING

7.0
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Selection criteria

When there are limited spaces available we follow a selection process ranking applicants based on your application. Waitlisting is also available for this programme.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an medical imaging domestic application pack or an medical imaging international application pack.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

This globally-recognised qualification enables you to register with the Medical Radiation Technologists Board to practice as a Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) in public or private hospitals and health care facilities in New Zealand.

After one year's work experience in New Zealand, graduates can work as a MRT in the United Kingdom and Australian health systems

Study pathways

Postgraduate opportunities in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Mammography training positions are available (not available at Ara).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics