Medical Radiation Science at McMaster University and Mohawk College
The Medical Radiation Sciences (MRSc) program is delivered through a partnership between Mohawk College and McMaster University. Launched in September 2004, the program arose from discussions between the Faculty of Science at McMaster University and the department of Medical Imaging at Mohawk College. Both institutions are acknowledged leaders in health sciences education in Ontario, with a record of success in program collaboration and pedagogical innovation.
MRSc program graduates are healthcare professionals who employ different kinds of radiation in diagnostic and therapy and are part of one of the fastest growing health care fields. Students in this program pursue two concurrent qualifications: an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Medical Radiation Sciences from Mohawk College and the McMaster University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences degree. The model was designed to enable students to simultaneously achieve two academic credentials.
The curriculum and program structure support a solid foundation of general sciences knowledge. The MRSc program model integrates clinical and academic education across professional specializations. They are aligned with the competency profiles of the professions. The program promotes skills that prepare the students for lifelong self-directed learning that helps them become essential players in the health care community.
Radiography: Includes discipline-specific courses in radiation physics and safety, radiation biology, human anatomy and pathology, radiographic equipment, radiographic imaging procedures, image analysis and film interpretation, introduction to computed tomography (CT scanning), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Ultrasonography: Includes discipline-specific courses in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, human anatomy and pathology, abdominal, obstetrical and pelvic, musculoskeletal and vascular procedures, patient care and safety, and pediatric sonography.
Radiation Therapy: Includes discipline specific courses in radiation physics and safety, radiation biology, human anatomy and pathology. Focuses on the uses of radiation, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons, to kill cancer cells or damage them so they cannot grow or multiply.
Note: Effective September 2018, admission to Level II of the Medical Radiation Sciences – Radiation Therapy Specialization will be suspended. Reinstatement of the program will be reviewed on an annual basis. A decision regarding future continuation will be made no later than September 2020.