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 2019)

Programme code

CH3757

Domestic

$6,700 - $7,400

Starts

February

International

$22,370

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 - Manawa Campus

Content

Combine your interest in science and technology with the rewards of working with people in a health setting.

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.

In our most recent graduate survey, 93.3% of 2016 Bachelor of Medical Imaging graduates were in employment (Ara Graduate Outcome Survey, 2016).

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 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
  • University Entrance: 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
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Or
    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Medical Imaging Pathway or equivalent

    Or
    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

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

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • meet various Health Authority requirements in order to participate in the clinical components of the programme. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.
    • provide a first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John First Aid Level 2) which is current at the time the programme starts.
    • 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
    • provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s).
    • you may be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry criteria.

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

English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

6.5

READING

6.5

WRITING

6.5

LISTENING

6.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

When there are limited spaces available a selection process ranking applicants based on your application will be applied. 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