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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be completed, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

Structure, molecular composition and function in sub-cellular and cellular systems.
Three hours (lectures, web modules), one lab (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): One of Grade 12 Biology U, BIOLOGY 1P03 or registration in an Engineering program
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, and BIOSAFE 1BS0 (or HTHSCI 1BS0) if not already completed. Both requirements must be completed prior to the first lab.
Not open to students with credit or registration in HTHSCI 1I06 A/B or ISCI 1A24 A/B. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOLOGY 1A03 and BIOLOGY 1M03 in the different terms.
An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular, skeletal and muscular systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Medical Radiation Sciences
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1A03, 2Y03, MEDPHYS 4XX3
An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1Y03 and registration in Level I Medical Radiation Sciences
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL1AA3, 2YY3, MEDPHYS 4XX3
For students in science: geared towards applications, with attention to underlying concepts. Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching. Antiderivative, definite integral, techniques of integration.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1LS3, 1N03, 1X03, 1Z04, 1ZA3
Not open to students who have achieved a grade of at least B- in MATH 1M03. Not open to students in Mathematics and Statistics I or an Engineering program or with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Topics from differential and integral calculus, differential equations, discrete-time dynamical systems, chosen for their relevance to the life sciences.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, ISCI 1A24 A/B, MATH 1M03, 1N03, 1X03, 1Z04, 1ZA3.
Processes of disease and trauma, from damage and repair processes at the cellular level to tissues and systems. Disease development and recovery, immunity and heredity are examined.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Credit or registration in KINESIOL 1Y03 and registration in Medical Radiation Sciences (Level I)
Fundamental physics relevant to Medical Radiation Sciences. Vibrations and waves, electricity, heat, fluids, electromagnetic radiation, radioactivity and radiation interaction, sound and applications in Medical Radiation Sciences.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Medical Radiation Sciences (Level I)
Antirequisite(s): MEDPHYS 1E03
An introduction to the process of Inquiry. Library and research tools are used to identify literature and evaluate evidence related to a variety of topics.
Lectures or seminars (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Medical Radiation Sciences (Level I)
The professions and subspecialties within medical radiation sciences are introduced, including legislative and regulatory frameworks, the Canadian health care system, professionalism and reflective practice.
Lectures (three hours), one hour (tutorial); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Medical Radiation Sciences (Level I)
Antirequisite(s): MEDRADSC 1A03, 1D03
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
Formerly HTHSCI 1BS0
BSL 1 biosafety training for the handling of non-pathogenic bacteria, cell lines, blood and body fluids or mammalian tissues based on federal laboratory biosafety guidelines.
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web module
BSL 1 must be completed prior to the start of the first lab for all courses for which it is required. Students who fail the quiz will be required to repeat it and will not be permitted in any course where BIOSAFE 1BS0 is a requirement until the quiz has been successfully completed.
Fundamental evolutionary and ecological concepts with particular reference to the diversity of life.
Three lectures, seminar/lab (two hours every other week); one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Biology U or BIOLOGY 1P03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOLOGY 1A03 and 1M03 in the different terms.
An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular, skeletal and muscular systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
Co-requisite(s):WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3 , KINESIOL1Y03, 2Y03, MEDPHYS 4XX3
An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03; and registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1YY3, 2YY3, MEDPHYS 4XX3

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences

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.

Radiography

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).

Ultrasonography

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.

Level II

The academic semesters enable the application of fundamental theoretical principles to the technologies of medical radiation science.

Level III

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.

Level IV

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 refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

Selected topics in the social and cultural history of exercise and sports medicine in the Western World, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century developments in North America.
Lectures and discussion (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above
Antirequisite(s): HISTORY 3S03
This course is administered by the Department of History.
This course examines how psychological factors influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport. Topics include: personality, motivation, arousal, attitude, perception, aggression, competition, concentration confidence and goal setting.
Three lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above
This course may be taken as elective credit by undergraduates in Level III or above of a non-Kinesiology program. However, enrolment for such students is limited.
Neuromuscular control underlying human movement. Topics include basic neurophysiology, mechanisms of sensation, reflexes, voluntary movement and theories of motor control with special reference to brain function.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of Honours Kinesiology (B.Sc.Kin.); or one of LIFESCI 2C03, PNB 2XB3, PSYCH 2F03, 2N03 (or 2D03), 2NF3 and registration in Level III or above of an Honours program offered by the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Faculty of Science) (See Department Note 5 above)
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 3K03
The control of human movement studied in detail from neurophysiological, cognitive and dynamical perspectives. Topics include basic neurophysiology, mechanisms of sensation, reflexes, voluntary movement and theories of motor control.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1A03 or ISCI 1A24 A/B; and one of ISCI 2A18 A/B, LIFESCI 2C03, 2CC3, PNB 2XB3, PSYCH 2F03, 2N03 (or 2D03), 2NF3; and registration in Level III or above of an Honours program in the Faculty of Science
Antirequisite(s): KINESIOL 3E03
Not open to students registered in a Kinesiology program. This course is administered by the Department of Kinesiology.
An introduction to health psychology issues including stress, exercise, weight control and diet, health promotion, addictions and coping with illness.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1C03 and registration in Level II of a Kinesiology program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 2J03 
The interrelationship between biological processes of aging and associated lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise/inactivity) will be explored in various human systems.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03, 1AA3, 2C03, 2CC3, 2G03 and registration in Level III or above of Honours Kinesiology (B.Sc.Kin.)
An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular, skeletal and muscular systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Biology U or BIOLOGY 1P03; and registration in Level II or above
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1A03, 1Y03
Registration priority is given to students in a Life Sciences program.
An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, lymphatic respiratory, digestive, renal endocrine and reproductive systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1Y03 or 2Y03; and registration in Level II or above
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1AA3, 1YY3 
Registration priority is given to students in a Life Sciences program.
Examination of neuromuscular function during exercise, with an emphasis on factors limiting strength, speed and power performance. Adaptations to training will also be considered, as well as mechanisms of training-induced muscle damage.
Lectures (three hours), labs (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03 and 1AA3 and registration in Level II of a Kinesiology program; or both KINESIOL 2Y03 and 2YY3 (or KINESIOL 1Y03 and 1YY3), or BIOLOGY 2A03, and registration in Honours Biology (Physiology) (See Department Note 8 above.)
Examination of cardiorespiratory function and metabolic regulation during exercise, with emphasis on factors limiting human performance. Adaptations to training will also be considered.
Lectures (three hours), labs (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03, 1AA3, 1F03 and registration in Level II of a Kinesiology program; or both KINESIOL 2Y03 and 2YY3 (or KINESIOL 1Y03 and 1YY3), or BIOLOGY 2A03, and registration in Honours Biology (Physiology) (See Department Note 9 above.)

Clinical Education

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.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.
MEDRADSC 1C03

Physics for MedRadSci (Tutorial)

9:30 a.m.
MEDRADSC 1F03

Professions in MedRadSci (Lecture)

MEDRADSC 1F03

Professions in MedRadSci (Lecture)

MEDRADSC 1F03

Professions in MedRadSci (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
MEDRADSC 1F03

Professions in MedRadSci (Tutorial)

11:30 a.m.
PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Lecture)

MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Lecture)

MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.
KINESIOL 1Y03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1Y03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lab)

KINESIOL 1Y03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture)

PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Tutorial)

KINESIOL 1Y03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Tutorial)

2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
MEDRADSC 1C03

Physics for MedRadSci (Lecture)

MEDRADSC 1C03

Physics for MedRadSci (Lecture)

4:30 p.m.
MEDRADSC 1C03

Physics for MedRadSci (Lecture)

MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Tutorial)

5:30 p.m.

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

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

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