Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Medical Imaging

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc) in Medical Imaging is designed for Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) seeking to extend their understanding of Medical Imaging and contribute to the improvement of clinical health services by implementing their knowledge and expertise within Medical Imaging services.

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Nuclear Medicine student Rachel Barrass positions a patient

MRTB Accredited

The Nuclear Medicine pathway within the PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging) programme is approved and accredited by the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB).

Students who successfully complete the requirements for this pathway, including a clinical competency assessment at an approved workplace, will be eligible for registration with the MRTB in the nuclear medicine scope of practice.

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The Image Evaluation pathway provides an opportunity for medical imaging technologists to extend their professional knowledge of radiographic image evaluation enabling them to adapt to, and contribute confidently within, a rapidly changing health care environment.

Alternatively, students may select a range of courses based on their personal preferences.

International medical imaging technologists working in MRI or ultrasound and wanting to study the theoretical aspects relevant to their imaging modality may complete an MRI pathway for international students or an Ultrasound pathway for international students within the PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging) programme.

Please note: these pathways do not lead to registration with the MRTB as assessment of clinical competency is not included within the programme.

Entry


To gain admission to the PGDipHSc (Medical Imaging) a student must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Imaging or an equivalent qualification
  • Hold a current  registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board or as a medical imaging technologist in their country of domicile

For further information, please view the admission criteria - PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging) flowchart.

And (for the Nuclear Medicine pathway only):

  • Have a clinical training position in Nuclear Medicine from an approved clinical centre and a completed University of Auckland Clinical Training Position Agreement prior to admission to the programme. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this training position.

For further information, please view the admission criteria - PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging - Nuclear Medicine) flowchart.

Content


Students are required to enrol in, and complete the following courses:

Courses from MEDIMAGE 707-722 encompass technology courses in MRI, ultrasound, mammography, CT and nuclear medicine. These courses do not require a clinical position although some may require access to a department with the specialist imaging modality. These courses also include a range of image evaluation courses.

Courses from CLINIMAG 705-720 encompass clinical practice courses in MRI, ultrasound, mammography, CT and nuclear medicine. Students will need to be employed in an appropriate clinical role at a site approved by the University of Auckland in order to enrol in the majority of CLINIMAG courses.

 

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Student Rachel Barrass prepares radiopharmaceuticals

Nuclear Medicine pathway

The following pathway has been specifically designed for nuclear medicine technologists interested in applying for registration with the MRTB:

Assessment of clinical competency will occur in the student’s workplace throughout the duration of the student’s enrolment within this programme.

Failure to demonstrate sufficient clinical progression and a minimum level of competency at specific time points may result in the student being unable to proceed to the next stage in the programme.

Image Evaluation pathway

The following pathway has been specifically designed for practitioners choosing to specialise in this area:

Computed Tomography (CT) pathway

The following pathway has been specifically designed for practising CT Technologists and other interested MRTs:

Duration and Points Value


Points value: 120
Time to complete: Within one year if enrolled full-time, within four years if enrolled part-time
Start semester: One or Two

The programme is designed to be completed part-time and primarily by distance learning.

New students, to ensure you enrol on time, please visit our step-by-step guide to applications, admission, and enrolment.

Some courses will require an enrolment concession request to be submitted.

Regulations


This programme has a total enrolment clause of 160 points. This is the maximum number of points you can enrol in (including failed or withdrawn courses) towards this programme.

Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University's Calendar Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

Further study


Students who complete with a B average will be able to progress to a masters degree and contribute to the development of medical imaging services through research.

For more information please contact:


Medical Imaging Team

Department of Anatomy with Radiology
School of Medical Sciences
Email: medicalimaging@auckland.ac.nz