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Bachelor of Medical Imaging

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Manawa Campus

Summary

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.

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).

Entry criteria

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 physics, 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.

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.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.5

SPEAKING - 6.5

READING - 6.5

WRITING - 6.5

LISTENING - 6.5

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 79 or higher (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

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