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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.

Level
7
Credits
360 (3.0 EFTS)
Campus
Waitākere
Start dates
July
Duration
Full-time for three years

Programme overview

Please note: This programme starts in July, which means that you will graduate mid-year, right when the industry needs you the most. 

The Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging) provides you with the clinical and theoretical knowledge to work as a 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.

Highlights

  • 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: 1 x 10-week block and 1 x 11-week block

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.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

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, Mathematics and one Science subject;
  2. Be at least 17 years old by the time the programme begins;
  3. Have a current First Aid Certificate from an OSH approved source - check out our First Aid course here;
  4. Be able to participate in all clinical aspects of the programme;
  5. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form;
  6. 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 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 2020; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Clinical Practice 1 (HEAL5250) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to demonstrate the specified clinical competency required within a clinical environment.
Cellular and Structural Osteology (HEAL5251) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate the structure, function and development of the human skeletal system.
Imaging Science I (HEAL5253) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an introductory understanding of the technical & physical principles that underpin contemporary practices of medical image capture, processing, manipulation, display and archival storage.
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 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 (HEAL6250) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop regional understanding of the cross-sectional anatomy of different body regions; head and neck, thoraco-abdominopelvic cavities and extremities.
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 (HEAL6252) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To establish and apply a knowledge of contemporary diagnostic imaging devices, demonstrating technical insight and promoting safe and competent use of equipment.
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.
Pathology (Sem B) (HEAL6253-SB) 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.
Radiation Protection (HEAL6255) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop a theoretical and applied knowledge of radiation effects and methods of implementing radiation protection.
Radiographic Imaging II (HEAL6256) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate a range of radiographic procedures.
Clinical Practice 2 (Sem A) (HEAL6257-SA) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) To demonstrate effective clinical competency required in the clinical environment
Clinical Practice 2 (Sem B) (HEAL6257-SB) 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 (HEAL7174) 15 credits (0.125 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.
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.
Principles of Research (Sem B) (HEAL7174-SB) 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.
Specialist Applications (Sem B) (HEAL7175-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To apply principles of image acquisition, processing and manipulation to specialist imaging procedures.
Radiographic Pathology (HEAL7177) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an appreciation of images of pathological conditions of the body. To prepare the student for post-graduate study in the area of imaging interpretation.
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.
Clinical Practice III (Sem B) (HEAL7178-SB) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) To enable students to demonstrate practical competence in a medical imaging department.