The School of Medical Radiation Technology offers the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (Radiography) program with offerings geared toward the development of highly knowledgeable and skilled Medical Imaging Technologists / Radiographers. Training prepares students in the safe use of ionizing radiation (X-rays) in the production of diagnostic images of body parts and systems. Medical Imaging technologists / Radiographers work alongside radiologists (specialist doctors) who interpret images and report findings of x-ray images for diagnosis and treatment of disease processes.
The program is a 3-year full-time one for which the didactic and clinical components span 3 semesters in any academic year. The clinical experience provided students include placement in local private and public medical imaging sites and hospitals in all parishes of Jamaica and select sites in the home countries of students originating from Caribbean region. An overseas elective component, to be arranged by the student, is optional at the final year of the program. In addition to core subject areas, the program covers multiple supporting and university courses leading to well-rounded professionals.
The degree serves as a base for advancement into specialized imaging and treatment modalities including Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasonography, Radiation Therapy and related imaging areas.
Radiography began in Jamaica at the Kingston Public Hospital in the mid - 1940’s as an apprenticeship program in which participants were trained mainly through clinical placement. The first practician qualified from this program in 1947, and the second in 1949. The School of Radiography was subsequently established in 1965 at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) as a tertiary-level educational institution to facilitate the development of diagnostic radiography in the Caribbean region, and to supply a steady flow of qualified radiographers to meet the needs of the territory’s health services. The institution initially offered a two-year program in diagnostic radiography under the leadership of a local Principal Tutor in conjunction with the parent institution – The College of Radiographers, London, England. The radiography program received the support of several Caribbean and African countries from which students were sent for training. These countries included Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Nigeria and Namibia. Read more
Entrants must possess a minimum of six (6) Caribbean Examination Council Certificate (CSEC) subjects (General Proficiency), with passes at levels 1- 3 or six (6) General Certificate of Education (GCE) ordinary level subjects, at grades A -C or other equivalent examination. The following subjects are compulsory:
Any two  additional CSEC subjects (preferably Science-based) or equivalent qualification completes the basic requirements
Passes in Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Science subjects and Communication Studies (grades 1-3) provide an advantage in the selection process.
Acting Programme Coordinator: Carol Rose MSRS (Ed), MBA, BSc, DCR (R), Dip Ed.
Administrative Assistant: Millett Thompson MA, BSc, ASc
Lecturers: Colin A. McKenzie
Secretary: Caresa Reid
Department Attendant: Nicola Millwood
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