Medical Radiation Technologist
Medical Radiation Technologists provide diagnostic imaging services to health care professionals, which are used to diagnose and treat medical and surgical conditions.
The primary responsibilities of the Medical Radiation Technologist are to:
- Provide patient care
- Produce diagnostic examinations
- Assist radiologists, medical specialists and medical officers
- Maintain equipment, accessories and supplies
- Maintain a Quality Assurance Program
Medical Radiation Technologists work in modern and fully equipped clinics across Canada. They can also be deployed on missions around the world or on ships at sea.
Pay and career development
The starting salary for a fully trained Medical Radiation Technologist is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Medical Radiation Technologists who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Related civilian occupations
- Medical Radiation Technologist
- Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist
Basic military qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Basic occupational qualification training
Medical Radiation Technologists are posted to a medical unit in Canada to complete a one-year preceptor program under the supervision of senior staff. This training provides the core knowledge required to practice as a Medical Radiation Technologist in a military setting.
Medical Radiation Technologists may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
- Computerized Tomography
As they progress in their career, Medical Radiation Technologists who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training.
If you already have a college diploma and baccalaureate degree in an accredited Medical Radiological Technology program and Certification by a professional association having reciprocal arrangements with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), current unrestricted registration, licence, or certification (active status) by a recognized provincial/territorial regulatory authority to practise as a Medical Radiological Technologist and a letter of good standing from an approved professional regulatory authority, the CAF may place you directly into the any required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training are required before being assigned.
Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Education Program (NCM-SEP)
Because this position requires specialty training, the CAF will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM SEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay in exchange for working with the CAF for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the CAF and the appropriate college. For more information, see Paid education.
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