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Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)

Level 7

UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) will give you the practical skills and knowledge to succeed in the growing radiology industry.

Medical Imaging students administer an x-ray in our Nursing Simulation Lab at the Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 3 years, full-time

30 Jan 2017 - 8 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$7,230.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Medical Imaging Technologists are among New Zealand's most highly-respected and sought-after professionals. Community-based and industry focused, UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) paves the way for an exciting career as a medical imaging technologist.

Our practical hands-on approach combining laboratory and classroom teaching with clinical learning will ensure you get every opportunity to apply the necessary skills, knowledge and techniques to grow as a medical imaging professional.

UCOL's Medical Imaging graduates enjoy an excellent reputation both here and overseas.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • General radiography
  • Mobile and theatre radiography
  • Computed tomography
  • Digital angiography
  • Mammography (breast screening)
  • Forensic radiography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

Student & Staff Profiles

Domestic Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission criteria as approved by the Academic Board. In addition, all applicants are required to:

  • Declare any previous criminal convictions prior to admission being confirmed; and
  • Authorise UCOL to undertake a background check on the applicant with the Police Licensing and Vetting Agency. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Head of School; and
  • Complete a UCOL health declaration form; and
  • Provide certified copies of all relevant documentation.

The Head of School may require students to provide additional information before admission is confirmed.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects at level 3 or above made up of:
  • 14 credits each in three approved subjects in each of:
  • English or an approved literacy subject
  • Science or mathematics (preferably physics or mathematics)
  • One other subject from the list of approved subjects (preference given to physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics)
  • Literacy – 10 credits at level 2 or above made up of:
  • 5 credits in reading
  • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at level 1 or above made up of
  • Achievement standards—specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
  • Unit standards, a package of three numeracy unit standards: 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required)


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean


Provisional enrolment.

A person having reached the age of 20 years before the first day of the programme in the year for which admission is sought, is not required to meet any of the academic qualifications above.

International Entry Requirements


Advice & Guidance

Selection Criteria
Applicants who meet the entry requirements, or who plan to meet the entry requirements, are required to attend an interview and complete an observation day at a UCOL supported practicum centre.  Selection will be based on the result of the interview and the observation day. Early applications are encouraged as the interview process commences on 1 October.

To ensure safety within the clinical environment, applicants must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills during the selection process.  It is recommended that all applicants whose first language is not English have a level of English at least IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.  Places for international students are limited.

Because students with little or no Physics and/or Calculus have lower chances of succeeding in this programme, it is strongly recommended that, to improve their chances of success, such students complete the Certificate in Science and Health prior to enrolling in this programme.

Prior to registration with the Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB), all graduates are required to provide a New Zealand Justice department issued record of criminal convictions. Applicants are advised that any health issues or criminal convictions may preclude them from successful registration with the Medical Radiation Technologists' Board as per the Health Practitioners' Competency Assurance Act (HPCA Act, 2003).

UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students prior to enrolment to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014.  UCOL will do this on behalf of Hospitals, District Health Boards, and radiography providers which host UCOL student placements.  The safety check involves confirming the student's work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and completing New Zealand Police vetting. 

Course Information

  • Clinical 1*
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Imaging Physics
  • Professional and Cultural Practice 1
  • General Radiography*
  • Imaging Applications 1
  • Imaging Techniques 1*
  • Regional and Sectional Imaging Anatomy
  • Imaging Applications 2
  • Imaging Techniques 2
  • Imaging Pathology
  • Complementary Imaging Techniques
  • Clinical 2*
  • Professional and Cultural Practice 2
  • Research 1
  • Professional Practice and Management
  • Imaging Applications 3
  • Imaging Techniques 3
  • Research 2
    Clinical 3*

    Note:  Courses marked with * indicate a Compulsory Academic Requirement (CAR) is associated with the course


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.