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Medical Radiation Sciences HAMILTON O N TA R I O CANADA |

Medical Radiation Sciences Medical Radiation Sciences (MRSc) encompasses the health professions that employ various forms of radiation in diagnostic and therapeutic care of patients, and is one of the fastest growing primary health care fields. The attainment of both an Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences degree is achieved through a fully integrated program offered jointly through Mohawk College and McMaster University. The MRSc program promotes skills in its graduates to prepare them for lifelong, self-directed learning, critical thinking, and to become an integral part of the health care team. Students are streamed into one of three professional specializations: radiography, sonography or radiation therapy after completing Level I.

Our Goal To produce a health care professional who is a competent, reflective practitioner within the field of medical radiation sciences, and as such will: contribute to the body of knowledge of the profession advocate for the profession be a lifelong learner function efficiently and effectively within the interdisciplinary health care team.

Our Medical Imaging Laboratory continues to be the largest and most state-of-the-art in Canada, thanks to a 1.5 million dollar upgrade.


Innovations in information technology, digital imaging, instrumentation and cancer management have made MRSc one of the most dynamic areas of health care today.

Program Structure common Level I program prescribed set of exciting courses over a four-year program

Level I Provides the foundation for the development of discipline-specific knowledge and skills.

students specialize in Levels II through IV practice of pre-clinical skills in simulated skills lab three terms of clinical education integrated theory and clinical education integrated university and college curriculum

Level II The academic semesters enables the application of fundamental theoretical principles to the technologies of medical radiation science.

inter-professional courses combining students in all MRSc programs All Level I courses are taken at the McMaster University campus. Clinical education and select upper level courses are undertaken at affiliated clinical sites. Because all lectures, seminars and clinical laboratory sessions and activities are conducted in English, it is essential that students have an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English.

Level III A broad range of discipline-related and general subjects are explored in depth. The principles of inquiry and research methodologies are used to analyze and evaluate technological advances and professional practices in medical radiation science.

Level IV Clinical practicum provides opportunities to integrate theoretical knowledge, technical and professional skills. This encourages the development of increasing competence and independence, leading to the: Achievement of the professional competence required of an entry-level practitioner Ability to plan and manage future professional development and lifelong learning.


Level I Program The curriculum is planned so that students receive a strong foundation in scientific reasoning, along with specific introduction to key topics in medical radiation sciences. In Level I, students are introduced to medical radiation sciences, while building their foundations in biology, mathematics and physics, as well as studying human anatomy and physiology. Total = 30 units Required: 24 units Biology 1A03 Kinesiology 1Y03, 1YY3 One of: Math 1A03, 1LS3 MedRadSc 1A03 MedRadSc 1B03 MedRadSc 1C03 MedRadSc 1D03 Science 1A00 HTH SCI 1BS0 Notes: If a student has not completed SPH4U, with 60% or higher, Physics 1L03 must be included. If a student has not completed MCV4U, Math 1F03 must be included.

Level I Course Descriptions Note: The unit value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03=3 units).

Biology 1A03

Math 1LS3

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Calculus for Life Sciences

As a combined lecture/laboratory course, Biology 1A03 is a prerequisite for many health-related professional programs including medicine, optometry and dentistry. It is also a prerequisite for many higher level Biology courses. Topics covered include structure, molecular composition and function in sub-cellular and cellular systems. The laboratory component emphasizes skill development, scientific communication and problem-based learning.

This course focuses on the application of differential and integral calculus and discrete math in the life sciences.

Kinesiology 1Y03 Human Anatomy and Physiology I This course introduces the student to basic embryology and tissue development and examines the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and respiratory systems. Lectures are enhanced with integrative tutorials and experimental anatomy and physiology laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: Credit or registration in Science 1A00 and HTH SCI 1BS0 – completion of SBI4U is strongly recommended.

Kinesiology 1YY3 Human Anatomy and Physiology II A continuation of Kinesiology 1Y03, this course examines anatomy and physiology of the articular, muscular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems. Lectures are enhanced with integrative tutorial and experimental anatomy and physiology laboratory experiences.

MedRadSci 1A03 Introduction to Medical Radiation Sciences An introduction to the professions and subspecialties of medical radiation sciences and a broad insight into the Canadian health care system, including hospital organizations, Regulated Health Professionals and medical terminology.

MedRadSci 1B03 Introduction to Pathology Starting with damage and repair processes at the cellular level, then moving to tissues and systems, this course examines the processes of disease and trauma. Factors in disease development and recovery such as heredity and immunity are examined. Prerequisite: Credit or registration in Kinesiology 1Y03.

MedRadSci 1C03 Introduction to Physics for Medical Radiation Sciences

Prerequisite: Kinesiology 1Y03.

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of physics relevant to medical radiation science. Wave motion, electricity, magnetism, heat, radioactivity and radiation interaction, absorption and emission of light, and application in Medical Radiation Sciences.

Math 1A03

Prerequisite: Physics 1L03 or a grade of at least 60% in SPH4U

Calculus for Science I This course is geared towards applications for students in Science, but also stresses the underlying concepts of calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching, antiderivative, definite integral and techniques of integration. Prerequisite: One of: MCV4U, MCB4U, Math 1F03.


Prerequisite: One of: MCV4U, MCB4U or Mathematics 1F03.

MedRadSci 1D03 Introduction to Professional Practice Introduction to the legislative and regulatory frameworks and health care professions, the behaviours and attitudes required of a health care professional and concepts of reflective practice. Prerequisite: Credit or registration in MedRadSci 1A03.

Typical Timetable – Term 1 Time






8:30 a.m.

Biology 1A03 – Cellular & Molecular Biology (lecture)

Math 1LS3 – Calculus for Life Sciences (lecture)

Biology 1A03 (lecture)

Math 1LS3 (lecture)

Math 1LS3 (lecture)

9:30 a.m.

Kinesiology 1Y03 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II (lab)

MedRadSci 1B03 – Introduction to Pathology (lecture)

MedRadSci 1B03 (lecture) MedRadSci 1A03 – Introduction to Medical Radiation Sciences (lecture)

MedRadSci 1B03 (lecture)

10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

MedRadSci 1C03 – Introduction to Physics for Medical Radiation Sciences (lecture)

12:30 p.m.

MedRadSci 1C03 (lecture)

Math 1A03 (tutorial)

1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

MedRadSci 1C03 (lecture) Kinesiology 1Y03 (lecture)

Kinesiology 1Y03 (lab)

3:30 p.m.

Kinesiology 1Y03 (lecture)

Kinesiology 1Y03 (lecture)

Biology 1A03 (tutorial)

4:30 p.m.

Options Beyond First Year The MRSc program promotes skills in its graduates to prepare them for lifelong, self-directed learning, critical thinking, and to become an integral part of the health care team. At the end of the first year, students apply to one of the following specializations: Radiation Therapy Radiography Ultrasonography Students are introduced to the specializations in the Level I course MedRadSci 1A03. Selection is by committee. Students are not guaranteed their first choice of specialization.


Clinical Education The practical experience gained in medical imaging labs prepare students for their clinical placements. Over the length of the four-year program, students continue to develop skills for clinical practice through three terms of experiential learning in various clinical environments. Clinical practice may be completed at a minimum of two clinical agencies that may be located throughout Ontario (e.g. Ottawa, Owen Sound). The Program will determine allocation of students to these clinical facilities. The clinical placements provide a breadth of experience in procedures and modalities and reflect the range of opportunities for employment. Initially, students are observing and performing tasks under the direct supervision of clinical staff then progress to working independently, with minimal supervision and support, to produce accurate and timely studies. Students’ performance is assessed throughout their clinical practice.

Facilities The Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences offers students in each specialization opportunities to develop clinical skills in some of the largest and technically current simulated clinical laboratories, through recent multi-million dollar upgrades to the labs.

Features include: Medical Imaging Laboratories Five general radiography units with computed radiography (CR) capabilities One direct-read (DR) digital radiography unit A multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner A mammography unit Five state-of-the-art ultrasound units A simulated ultrasound scanning system Connectivity to digital imaging networks

Image Viewing and Manipulation Laboratory Two Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) Database of teaching files of medical images

Patient Care and Nursing Skills Laboratory

Clinical Skills in Radiation Therapy are

Simulated hospital ward environment

developed at the Hamilton Health Sciences

Computerized patient mannequins

Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Anatomical models

Program Demands The Medical Radiation Sciences health professions are intellectually, emotionally and physically demanding. It is important that students become familiar with the profession(s) before entering the program to ensure that they are able to function at an acceptable standard. For further information about the demands related to each of the professions, please visit the McMaster University Undergraduate Calendar


Visitor Information Regular Campus Tours Campus tours take about 1½ hours and are conducted by McMaster students. The entire campus is covered in the tour including a visit to at least one residence building. Please note: advanced notice of two to three working days is required tours are available Monday to Friday, from October 3 to December 6, 2011 and January 9 to April 5, 2012 tour times are 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. campus tours may be scheduled on some Saturdays with at least one week’s advance notice campus tours are also available throughout the summer, from mid-May to the beginning of August

Special Visit Events Fall Preview Saturday, October 29, 2011

Virtual Tour Unable to visit McMaster in person? Explore our picturesque campus via one of our online tours. You can take a Guided Tour that follows the same route as an in-person walking tour, create a personalized tour or simply explore major campus hotspots. We also offer a basic version for users with a slower internet connection or older computer.

visit display areas and talk with reps from academic, service areas and student groups in a relaxed and informal Roam Around Session tour the campus

March Break Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16, 2012

To register for a campus tour, contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office: Tour Portal e-mail phone 905-525-9140 ext. 23650 fax 905-524-3550

regular campus tours faculty-specific activities available be sure to register in advance as group sizes are limited

May@Mac Saturday, May 12, 2012 Complimentary parking passes will be provided for registered campus tour visitors upon arrival. Please refer to your tour booking confirmation e-mail for further details. It is best to enter the campus via the Sterling Street entrance (Central Campus). Directions can be found online at:

University-wide Open House event applicants will be sent information in the Spring includes campus bus tours, special facility tours, sample lectures and lab demonstrations, opportunities to speak with professors, staff and students


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