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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

29 Jan 2018 - 7 Dec 2018
(Applications for 2018 have now closed)

Domestic Fees:*
$7,363.50 Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
Not open to international students

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.

Hear from 2017 graduates, Alice Janssen and Shreya Gupta:



 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

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

 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 Academic Leader; 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 is given to Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics)
  • Literacy - 10 Credits at Level 2 or above made up of 5 Credits in Reading and 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.


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

UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) comprises 360 credits. It is a full-time, three year programme.

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.

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.  

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. 

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:

  • Fulford Radiology (Taranaki Base Hospital)
  • Gisborne Hospital
  • Hastings Hospital
  • Hutt Hospital
  • Masterton Hospital
  • Middlemore Hospital
  • Pacific Radiology
  • Palmerston North Hospital
  • 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).

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.

 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.
  • First and second year placements are 15 weeks duration
  • The third year placement is 30 weeks duration
Sundry Costs
  • Stationery
  • Printing
  • Flash drive
First Year
  • Textbooks $800
  • Serology testing and MRSA $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 $300

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.