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Medical Radiation Technologist

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What They Do

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
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Working Environment

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.

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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.

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Related Civilian Occupations

  • Medical Radiation Technologist
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist
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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 Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

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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.

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Specialty Training

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
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Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Medical Radiation Technologists who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training.

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Required Education

 The minimum required education to apply for this position is you must be unconditionally accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in an academic program at a post-secondary institution selected by the Forces under the NCM-STEP program.

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Direct Entry

 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 Forces may place you directly into the any required on-the-job training program following basic training. If you have graduated within twelve months, no minimum experience is required. If you have graduated more than twelve months ago, then at least six months experience working part time or full time for a clinical medical radiological service within the last two years is required. Basic training and military occupation training are required before being assigned.

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Paid Education

Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Training Education Program (NCM-STEP)

Because this position requires specialty training, the Forces will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM-STEP 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 Forces for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the Forces and the appropriate college. For more information, click on Paid College.

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If you are interested in this position, start the application process now or send an e-mail to the following address for more information