Performing the duties of any healthcare professional usually requires constant, close physical contact with patients and clients.  Healthcare professionals use special hygiene practices and protective gear to protect themselves from the transmission of communicable diseases (like COVID-19).  Risks associated with performing physical duties in a caring profession cannot be entirely eliminated by any amount of caution or protection.  All applicants should carefully consider what their personal risk tolerance, physical capabilities, and any other limiting factors that might prevent them from achieving success as a healthcare professional.  The application requirement for volunteer hours in a "patient-related environment" is intended to aid students in making that decision.  Because this requirement may not be accessible to all applicants, nor is it advisable during the current efforts being made to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, it is exempted until such time as the province of British Columbia officially announces achievement of "Phase 4" of the Restart BC plan

Medical Radiography is a physically demanding profession. It requires a high level of manual dexterity, physical strength, controlled sensitivity to disturbing medical scenarios and the ability to work in a busy and sometimes stressful environment. 

Medical Radiography practitioners must be able to:

  • exert fine motor control,
  • lift and move incapacitated patients or heavy lab equipment,
  • stand for long periods of time,
  • demonstrate good visual depth perception and discernment of grey color scale,
  • work in an environment containing chemicals that may provoke sensitivity reactions.

The Medical Radiography Technology Program includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences that impart necessary knowledge and skills for practice in the field. Training includes non-invasive exercises such as participation in clinical simulations as well as invasive training such as participation in venipuncture exercises. 

These exercises will: 

  • be explained or demonstrated by a staff member or other assigned qualified personnel;
  • involve students, staff members, clinical personnel, or consenting volunteers as subjects;
  • be conducted in an environment appropriate for learning;
  • be supervised;
  • require that students be prepared and employ due care and attention in their completion.

There are three clinical practica for the Medical Radiography program which are assigned at accredited clinical sites throughout British Columbia. Each clinical placement will be at a different clinical site. Students are responsible to make travel and accommodation arrangements for the clinical practica.  Students are required to comply with confidentiality policies as well as other policies at the clinical site and at the College. 


I am aware of the physical requirements for the Medical Radiography program as described above. I confirm that I possess the physical strength and attributes to perform these functions. 

I hereby also acknowledge I am aware of the program requirements for the Medical Radiography program as described and agree to participate in classroom, laboratory and clinical practica that impart necessary knowledge and skills for practice in the field. I also agree to abide by the clinical site selection process for the clinical practica. 

I understand that if I proceed to the seat allocation phase of the admissions process, I will be informed about how to obtain the required Criminal Record Check. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General will determine my risk in relation to working with children and vulnerable adults. I acknowledge that I must obtain a clearance letter from the Ministry before I can participate in any clinical activities. I understand that if I cannot obtain a "clear" criminal record check, I will be unable to progress or complete this program. I know that I must also complete an immunization form at a later time. The British Columbia Health Authorities require students to be fully immunized in order to go out to their clinical practicum.

I understand that if I discover at some later time that I am not suited for the caregiving professions, which results in my being incapable of performing the duties of a Medical Radiation Technologist; that I may be unable to complete all of the requirements for this program.