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Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging)

Interested in becoming a health professional with a career in medical radiation technology? This programme will develop your skills in diagnostic imaging through applied thinking and doing, so you can safely use radiation to obtain images for diagnostic use.

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Start dates
Full-time for three years

Programme overview

Please note: Due to high application numbers we have stopped accepting new applications for semester 1 and 2, 2022

The Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging) provides you with the clinical and theoretical knowledge to work as a registered medical imaging technologist (MIT). To safely obtain images using radiation for diagnostic use, you need a sound understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics, and the medical radiation equipment and clinical techniques you will use in the industry. We'll help you develop these skills so you complete your degree confident and work-ready. You'll also get an introduction to more advanced imaging systems.


  • At Unitec, we think the best way to learn is a mixture of thinking and doing. You'll spend over 2000 hours (in block periods of time) across all three years of your degree gaining clinical experience working in a radiology/x-ray department, as well as developing your medical knowledge so you can easily transition to the workplace. Our staff will help you find suitable clinical placements, which may be in Auckland, as well as other regional centres throughout New Zealand.
  • Accredited by the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB).
  • Leads to industry registration: once you've completed this programme you can apply for registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB).
  • This programme is an internationally recognised qualification.
  • Highly qualified teaching staff with extensive first-hand experience of clinical provision and discipline need.

Clinical placements

This programme includes over 2000 hours of work experience via clinical placements.

  • Year 1: 1 x 12-week block
  • Year 2: 2 x 10-week blocks
  • Year 3: 2 x 10-week blocks

Accommodation and travel are not included as part of your fees, therefore you'll need to cover all costs associated with these (if necessary) in order to attend the clinic to which you have been assigned.

Overseas registration

Once you've graduated, you'll have the option of pursuing a career in New Zealand, or overseas. If you are looking to work overseas as a qualified MIT, each country's registration body has its own system of determining eligibility. However, they all require hard copies of your course descriptors signed by the Academic Programme manager. There is an administration charge for requesting these. Please complete the request form below in order to initiate this process.

Medical Imaging Overseas Registration Form (PDF, 28KB)

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

Please note: Future immunisations for COVID-19 may be required for all students in this programme. 

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:
    • 14 credits in two different approved subjects, and;
    • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved);
    • NB: Your 42 credits must also include 12 credits at Level 3 in English or a literacy-approved subject, Mathematics and one Science subject (physics preferred);
  2. Be at least 17 years old by the time the programme begins;
  3. Be able to participate in all clinical aspects of the programme;
  4. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form;
  5. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Children Act 2014 (formerly known as the Vulnerable Children's Act) including:
    • Provide two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes;
    • Consent to a police vet check;
    • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec or your placement provider can contact;
    • If required, participate in an interview;
    • If required, provide a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been or are a member of.

If you don’t meet the academic criteria above, we have a range of Foundation and Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, or you don't have the required NCEA Level 3 English credits, you will need either:

  • An overall IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0;
  • A TOEFL score of 575;
  • Or equivalent to the above.

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

If you don’t meet these requirements, we'll also accept a relevant qualification at Level 3 or above on the NZQF (or equivalent). You may also apply under special or discretionary entrance.For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2023; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Professional Practice I (HEAL5254) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of professional ethics and personal responsibilities, patient care and management, and communication within a health care environment.
Radiation Physics (HEAL5255) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the rationale and application of the physical concepts relevant to medical imaging.
Radiographic Imaging I (HEAL5256) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate a range of routine and supplementary radiographic examinations.
Anatomy and Physiology (HEAL5421) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of anatomy and physiology of body systems as they relate to medical imaging practice.
Courses Credits Aim
Anatomy II (Sem A) (HEAL6250-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To develop regional understanding of the cross-sectional anatomy of different body regions; head and neck, thoraco-abdominopelvic cavities and extremities.
Imaging Science II (Sem A) (HEAL6252-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To establish and apply a knowledge of contemporary diagnostic imaging devices, demonstrating technical insight and promoting safe and competent use of equipment.
Pathology (Sem A) (HEAL6253-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the pathological disease processes commonly encountered within the scope of medical imaging.
Professional Practice II (HEAL6254) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the relevance of human development, psychology and sociology to health status and health care delivery.
Clinical Practice 2 (Sem A) (HEAL6257-SA) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) To demonstrate effective clinical competency required in the clinical environment
Courses Credits Aim
Principles of Image Interpretation (HEAL7173) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an appreciation of radiographic images relating to trauma of the appendicular and axial skeleton. To enable students to express a written and verbal opinion of appendicular and axial images. To prepare the student for post-graduate study in the area of imaging interpretation
Principles of Research (Sem A) (HEAL7174-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the principles of research and the ethical issues which effect it. To develop the critical thinking and organisation skills required for research.
Specialist Applications (Sem A) (HEAL7175-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To apply principles of image acquisition, processing and manipulation to specialist imaging procedures.
Clinical Practice III (Sem A) (HEAL7178-SA) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) To enable students to demonstrate practical competence in a medical imaging department.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.