Medical Radiation Sciences (MRSc) encompasses the health professions that employ various forms of radiation in diagnostic and therapeutic care of patients, and is one of the fastest growing primary health care fields.
The attainment of both an Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences degree is achieved through a fully integrated program offered jointly through Mohawk College and McMaster University. The MRSc program promotes skills in its graduates to prepare them for lifelong, self-directed learning, critical thinking, and to become an integral part of the health care team. After completing their first year, students are streamed into one of three professional specializations: radiography, ultrasonography or radiation therapy.
Innovations in information technology, digital imaging, instrumentation and cancer management have made MRSc one of the most dynamic areas of health care today.
Our Medical Imaging Laboratory is one of the largest and most state-of-the-art in Canada.
Our Program Structure:
- Common Level I program
- Prescribed set of exciting courses over a four-year program
- Students specialize in Levels II through IV
- Practice of pre-clinical skills in simulated skills labs
- Three terms of clinical education
- Integrated theory and clinical education
- Integrated university and college curriculum
- Inter-professional courses combining students in all MRSc programs
OUAC Application Code: MRS
Annual Enrollment: 110-120 Students
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The Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences offers students in each specialization opportunities to develop clinical skills in some of the largest and technically current simulated clinical laboratories, through recent multi-million dollar upgrades to the labs. Features include:
Medical Imaging Laboratories
- A mammography unit
- A multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner
- A simulated ultrasound scanning system
- Connectivity to digital imaging networks
- Five general radiography units with computed radiography (CR) capabilities
- Five state-of-the-art ultrasound units
- One direct-read (DR) digital radiography unit
- Radiation therapy simulator and treatment planning systems
Image Viewing and Manipulation Laboratory
- Database of teaching files of medical images
- Two Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
Patient Care and Nursing Skills Laboratory
- Anatomical models
- Computerized patient mannequins
- Simulated hospital ward environment
Varian Acuity Simulator
For students learning to plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments the Varian Acuity Simulator is as close as they can possibly get to the real thing. The only thing the simulator doesn’t do is deliver the dose of radiation needed to kill cancer cells.
The Acuity system continues the Varian tradition of innovation by combining advanced 2D and 3D Cone Beam CT (CBCT) imaging techniques and software capabilities to support planning, basic simulation, complex treatment plan verification and brachytherapy in one fully integrated system.
The Acuity planning, simulation and verification system is optimized for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Acuity enables clinicians to effectively prepare and verify the patient treatment plan and help improve treatment efficiency.
Designed to work alongside CT simulators, Acuity is the most popular verification and simulation system on the market and provides over 300 customers with the advanced features they need to support planning, basic simulation, complex treatment plan verification and brachytherapy.
Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for the most up-to-date information about recommended first year courses for Medical Radiation Sciences I.
The practical experience gained in medical imaging labs prepare students for their clinical placements. Over the length of the four-year program, students continue to develop skills for clinical practice through three terms of experiential learning in various clinical environments. Clinical practice may be completed at a minimum of two clinical agencies that may be located throughout Ontario (e.g. Ottawa, Owen Sound). The Program will determine allocation of students to these clinical facilities.
The clinical placements provide a breadth of experience in procedures and modalities and reflect the range of opportunities for employment. Initially, students are observing and performing tasks under the direct supervision of clinical staff and later progress to working independently, with minimal supervision and support, to produce accurate and timely studies. Students’ performance is assessed throughout their clinical practice.
Upon competition the 4-year program, students are ready to enter directly into the workforce as one of the following:
- Radiation Therapist
The MRSc program promotes skills in its graduates to prepare them for lifelong, self-directed learning, critical thinking, and to become an integral part of the health care team.
Students are introduced to the specializations in Level I. At the end of Level I, students apply to one of the following specializations; however, admission to first choice of specialization is not guaranteed due to the limited enrollment nature of the programs.
Includes discipline specific courses in clinical oncology, radiation biology and protection, treatment planning, radioactivity and radiation interactions, applied patient care, radiation physics and safety, human anatomy, and introduction to computed tomography (CT scanning), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or mammography.
Includes discipline specific courses in radiation physics and safety, radiation biology, human anatomy and pathology, radiographic equipment, radiographic imaging procedures, film analysis and film interpretation, and introduction to computed tomography (CT scanning), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Includes discipline specific courses in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, human anatomy and pathology, abdominal, obstetrical and pelvic, musculoskeletal and vascular procedures, patient care and safety, and neuro-sonography, fetal echocardiography or breast sonography.
The academic semesters enable the application of fundamental theoretical principles to the technologies of medical radiation science.
A broad range of discipline-related and general subjects areas are explored in depth. The principles of medical ethics and research methodologies are used to analyze and evaluate technological advances and professional practices in medical radiation science.
Clinical practicum provides opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge, technical, and professional skills. This encourages the development of increasing competence and independence, leading to the:
- Achievement of the professional competence required of an entry-level practitioner
- Ability to plan and manage future professional development and lifelong learning
For additional information please visit the Undergraduate Calendar.