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
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.
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 Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
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 certification as a Medical Radiation Technologist from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, the Canadian Forces may place you directly into the any required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Education Program.