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Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)

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: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 3 years, full-time

Year 1: 24 Jan 2022 - 09 Dec 2022
Year 2: 24 Jan 2022 - 02 Dec 2022
Year 3: 17 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022
(The closing date for 2022 applicants is the 06 Sep 2021)

Domestic Fees: *
$7,836.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is 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 in New Zealand and overseas.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

As of 12 August 2021 while COVID19 vaccination is not a requirement for this programme, this may change in the future. However, access to the clinical environment is at the discretion of clinical agencies and clinical agencies may limit access if you have not had the COVID19 vaccination.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) may be employed in the following types of roles:

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

 Course Information

This programme comprises 360 credits. It is a full-time, three year programme.

Year one courses

Clinical (30 Credits) (600 hours practicum)
Gain supervised experience in routine general radiographic examinations and fully participate in clerical and image processing procedures. Note that you must hold a valid first aid certificate, which is current for the duration of this course.

Anatomy and Physiology (15 Credits)
The aim  of this course is for students to have a thorough understanding of the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body.  This includes the structure of cells, tissues, organs and relevant  body systems.  With rapid advances in technology, radiographers need to have a detailed knowledge of anatomy as it is relevant to all aspects of medical imaging.

Imaging Physics (15 Credits)
Preparation for the study of advanced medical imaging modalities through an understanding of general physics, as well as a more detailed theoretical background to the physical basis behind the equipment design, construction and materials and the increasing technological support for state of the art medical imaging modalities.

Professional and Cultural Practice (15 Credits)
Learn to respond appropriately to the health care needs of patients, initiate prescribed action in emergency situations, and provide health information and education relating to the practice of a Medical Radiography Technologist (MRT). You'll also learn about the dynamics of interpersonal behaviour and subjective aspects of ethics, professionalism and culture by exploring your own identity, values and beliefs.

General Radiography (15 Credits)
Learn to describe the factors affecting radiographic imaging and apply the principles of radiographic imaging, and learn to correctly use basic terminology and demonstrate a full and detailed knowledge of osteology and positioning techniques.

Imaging Applications (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of the physical and technical principles and factors affecting radiographic imaging.

Imaging Techniques (15 Credits)
Learn to describe and demonstrate optimal imaging techniques for a range of radiographic examinations.

Year two courses

Regional and Sectional Anatomy (15 Credits)
Apply your knowledge of the gross anatomy of the organs and structures that are localised within the axial and appendicular regions to multi-planar imaging modalities.

Imaging Applications (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of an x-ray unit's generator, control console and accessories, controlling beam direction and quality.

Imaging Techniques (15 Credits)
Learn to describe and demonstrate techniques for an extended range of radiographic procedures, including basic contrast media examinations and radiography performed outside the radiology department.

Imaging Pathology (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of disease pathology and its imaging applications.

Complementary Imaging Techniques (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of the clinical applications of nuclear medicine, ultrasound and magnetic resource imaging.

Clinical (30 Credits, 600 practicum hours)
Opportunities to assist and perform radiographic examinations in the clinical setting. Note that you must hold a valid first aid certificate, which is current for the duration of the course.

Professional and Cultural Practice (5 Credits)
Learn to undertake clinical practice in an ethically and culturally competent manner.

Research (10 Credits)
Develop an understanding of the research methods commonly used in clinical practice, to identify researchable issues in clinical practice and discuss research questions/methods.

Year three courses

Professional Practice and Management (15 Credits)
Acquire specialist knowledge and techniques used in medical imaging management. Also learn an ethical, legal, cultural and economic framework for professional practice.

Imaging Applications (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of the physical principles of image processing and specialised equipment.

Imaging Techniques (20 Credits)
Develop knowledge of the principles of advanced techniques and their clinical applications.

Research (10 Credits)
Develop critiquing skills and differentiate between rigorous and non-rigorous health research and their contribution to the advancement of health knowledge. Learn to carry out an independent literature enquiry within an identified area, and demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding in that area consistent with undergraduate degree level.

Clinical (60 Credits) (1200 practicum hours)
Opportunities to further consolidate your practice and experience in the full range of routine radiographic and minor special procedures at the required graduate level. The course also provides opportunities to observe and assist in the performance of advanced imaging procedures and modalities. Note that you must hold a valid first aid certificate, which is current for the duration of the course.

 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 through the Police Vetting service. Convictions for any specific offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Head of School; and
  • Authorise UCOL to undertake a background check under the requirements of the Children's Act
  • 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.

Note: Acceptance onto the programme is subject both to the availability of a suitable clinical placement and to the applicant meeting the selection criteria.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

University Entrance including:

  • 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 is given to Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics)


New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway)


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


Provisional enrolment, which is defined by NZQA as being Discretionary Entrance and includes the following clauses:

Discretionary enrolment may be granted to those applicants under the age of 20 who:

  • are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia*,
  • have received secondary schooling to at least New Zealand Year 12 level (or its equivalent overseas) and earned at least 14 credits in an approved subject at Level 2 towards NCEA (or its equivalent), and
  • have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance, or their equivalents,

* Australian applicants’ most recent year of schooling must have been in New Zealand.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

This programme of study is not open to international students.

 Advice & Guidance

Selection Criteria
Applicants who meet the entry requirements, or who plan to meet the entry requirements, may be required to participate in an interview and complete an observation day at a UCOL supported practicum centre.  Selection will be based on a grading system with applicants receiving a higher grading (following the selection process) being offered a place on the programme before applicants with a lower grading. 

Note: Places are limited and application closed in September.

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
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, achieved in one sitting.  

Academic skills
It is strongly recommended students have a foundation knowledge in physics to improve their chances of success in this programme.

Background checks
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 Children's Act.  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. 

Work Experience
This programme has a significant practicum component of 2400 hours, split across three years of the degree - 600 hours in each of the first two years and 1200 hours in the third year.  

The practicums are conducted in the following hospitals:

  • Auckland Radiology Group
  • Broadway Radiology, Palmerston North
  • Taranaki Base Hospital
  • Gisborne Hospital
  • Hastings Hospital
  • Hutt Hospital
  • Masterton Hospital
  • Middlemore Hospital
  • Palmerston North Hospital
  • Pacific Radiology Wellington
  • Rotorua Hospital
  • Tauranga Hospital
  • Waikato Hospital
  • Wanganui Hospital
  • Wellington Hospital

Students may gain experience at more than one clinical department.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met. Students who can provide evidence of a current first aid qualification will be given a credit transfer for the relevant unit standard(s). Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Completed Police Declaration Form
  • Completed Health Declaration Form
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology).

Clinical Placements
Students will bear all costs associated with travel and accommodation (if necessary) for them to attend the clinic they have been assigned to. The cost of accommodation will vary on how you want to live. As a guide, see Tennancy NZ for house rental costs and Trademe for flatmate vacancy listings.

Travel and accommodation are,

As a guide and depending on your usual place of residence, travel and acomodation costs could be $4000 a year.

  • First and second year placements are 15 weeks duration
  • The third year placement is 30 weeks duration

Sundry Costs

  • Stationery: $200/year
  • Printing (UCOL $50) plus approx $50 extra
  • Flash drive: $25-30

First Year

  • Textbooks $700 approx
  • Hospital placement required blood tests and vaccinations $300
  • Uniform - UCOL shirt, black trousers/skirt/shorts and comfortable enclosed shoes $400 (NB: Students are provided with one free shirt, but should purchase a couple extra.)

Second Year

Textbooks $600 approx  

Third Year

The following costs are incurred upon completion of UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) programme.


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.