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Bachelor of Medical Imaging

Close Date: 1 September
International Close Date: 1 September

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.

In our most recent graduate survey, 100% of 2019 Bachelor of Medical Imaging graduates were in employment (Ara Graduate Outcome Survey, 2019).

Bachelor of Medical Imaging Information Booklet (PDF 2MB)

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,830 - $7,550 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$23,040 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$23,730 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021

New Zealand 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 physicis, biology, chemistry and mathematics)
  • as well as 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

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

In addition you need to:

Fill out and submit the Medical Imaging Additional Requirements document - found under Application Documents.

Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s).

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.

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

You may be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry criteria

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. 

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

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.

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.
  • 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 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 6.5 Academic

  • 6.5 Listening
  • 6.5 Reading
  • 6.5 Writing
  • 6.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

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

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3757
Application close date 1 September
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 1 September
Credits 360
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees $1,500 for Year 1 for texts (more may be required in Years 2 and 3); plus costs associated with clinical placement
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3757-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,830 - $7,550 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$23,040 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$23,730 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Fill out and submit the Medical Imaging Additional Requirements document - found under Application Documents.

Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s).

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.

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

You may be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry criteria

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. 

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

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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.

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