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Old Apr 19th 2010, 9:04 pm
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Has anyone had any experience of this job - basically a radiologist.

I'm trying to set myself up for a career and am considering BHSMI. I'm considering this as I like the idea of being able to have the option of working in different locations if need's must.

After much investigation I have found out what I would have to do to get this gig.

As I don't have any A Levels I don't meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor course - sooo........I would have to complete a certificate of applied science (AUT) which includes the following -

WHAT THIS QUALIFICATION COVERS

* Ecology and evolution
* Foundation biology
* Foundation biophysics
* Foundation chemistry
* Foundation human anatomy and physiology
* Mathematical skills
* Microbiology
* Scientific communication
* Statistical skills

This course takes one year. Then I'd have to apply for 1 of the 40 places on the BHSMI course at Unitec Henderson in Feb 2012. This year there were 360 applicants for those places so again there is no guarantee on getting in.

It;d be a long slog but is it worth it? Has anyone any experience of it all? I'd be interested in hearing about it.
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Old Apr 19th 2010, 10:29 pm
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I looked at doing this once myself. It's a good job with good prospects, although depending on where you want to live there may not be a job available in your area when you qualify. If you're heading for a city you should be OK I'd think. It is a 3 year course though, I seem to remember.
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Can you ask for a form of discretionary entrance? My local polytech has no achademic requirements for those over 20 years of age on this program so it would only take you 3 years to complete (Though it’s Bachelor of Applied Science – Medical Imaging Technology). Incidentally if it’s level 3 NCEA they are looking for they will accept high grade GCSEs at a push.

Good luck, work diligently .
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when you say local poly - where do you mean? At Auckland Unitech, they've made it very clear as to the minimum entry requirements which AUTs certificate of applied science would cover.

It just means I'd have to do this from July this year and then would have to apply for the BHSMI(medical imaging) course by sept 2011 for the Feb 2012 course


......seems a long time away. Hope you can expand on your initial info - cheers
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Sure, the degree is run at UCOL, Palmerston North.

Linky to PDF: http://www.ucol.ac.nz/Lists/Programm...%20MIT_web.pdf

The entry requirements are listed on the second page down, left hand side, second half of the page. Does that help?
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cheers for that - i rang em up and their criteria is identical to Unitec auckland. Without a medical background they wouldnt take much notice unless you have done a 1 year course along the lines of the certificate of applied science. My wife has a friend who had to do a similiar thing in christchurch.

Thanks for the info anyway.

Is there is anyone on here who is working as an MRT?
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Quick correction... it's not a radiologist it's a radiographer. (The radiographer is the doctor who does the diagnosing etc from the images taken by the radiographer).

There seems to be quite a demand for Medical Radiation Technicans (MRT's) as they are know in NZ. You can specialise in various techniques, e.g. MRI, sonography, x-ray, CT etc Think there is a big nuclear medicine department at Waikato hospital.

Good luck with your studies. I can appricate how frustrating things have been for you. Hubby Robert has studied nursing since we came to NZ and has specialised in mental health. A complete change for him,. but he's really loved it. In fact, how about nursing? get some experience as a carer to support your application and the career choices are endless once you graduate.

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Quick correction... it's not a radiologist it's a radiographer. (The radiographer is the doctor who does the diagnosing etc from the images taken by the radiographer).

There seems to be quite a demand for Medical Radiation Technicans (MRT's) as they are know in NZ. You can specialise in various techniques, e.g. MRI, sonography, x-ray, CT etc Think there is a big nuclear medicine department at Waikato hospital.

Good luck with your studies. I can appricate how frustrating things have been for you. Hubby Robert has studied nursing since we came to NZ and has specialised in mental health. A complete change for him,. but he's really loved it. In fact, how about nursing? get some experience as a carer to support your application and the career choices are endless once you graduate.

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I agree with the above.

I am a qualified mental health social worker, which I have enjoyed for a number of years but I now feel that I would like a career change, so after much thought I have today posted to Unitec my application form to enrole for the 3yr Bachelor of Nursing at the Waitakere Campus, and with a bit of luck I will get onto the course.
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When I was studying, I know there were jobs around for MI, the bonus is that it is a life long career with little risk of redundancy once employed and a portable career you can take to other countries, I think 40% of graduating students went to Ozzie for an instant 20K pay rise
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Quick correction... it's not a radiologist it's a radiographer. (The radiographer is the doctor who does the diagnosing etc from the images taken by the radiographer).
I think you meant the radiologist. Yup, to be a radiologist you need a medical degree plus specialist training in radiology.
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I think you meant the radiologist. Yup, to be a radiologist you need a medical degree plus specialist training in radiology.
Thanks for the correction. I meant it's the RADIOLOGIST who is the DOCTOR and the RADIOGRAPHER is the once who takes the images.
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Guess what I found when I did a google search on Unitec and BHSMI? This page !!

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since I was investigating this career choice.

I decided to do 2 papers with AUT - 1) Foundation Human Anatomy and Physiology Level 4 and 2) Maths Level 3 - both are equivalent to A level standard

I also applied for the BHSMI course at Unitec for Feb 2012. I knew it would be touch and go as i'd be entering under the minimum entry criteria. I only have 8 GCSEs ( 2 x Bs and 4 Cs, with 2 Ds) but found out that GCSE is equivalent to Level 2 standard. ( http://www.immigration.govt.nz/NR/rd...6Education.pdf - page 12 )

Approx 500 people applied for the 42 places next year. 150 were selected for interview and I received an invite for interview before I received my AUT results (so was chuffed at that. I got an A for anatomy and A+ for Maths)

I called Unitec on friday (as I couldnt stand to wait over the weekend) and the lady who spoke to me had only just entered my details into their system for an offer of place.


Woohoo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so from March 7th Ill be a Full-time student for 3 years


I had a bad hangover this weekend too .....
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Hi, was a radiographer,as we were called then, many moons ago. Trained in NZ when we did the London exams - sat in March and had to wait till the papers went to London for marking and didn't find out results till about July. Talk about nail biting!
Any hospital based job is good for moving around, in my day everyone rushed off for their OE with their new transferable qualification.
The job market waxes and wanes but there is often a shortage in NZ - way back when I did it we had to do night duties even before we were fully qualified because there was such a shortage. However, not sure that would be allowed nowadays. Think it isn't marketed enough as a career.
I did it for about 10 years (Auckland,London and Melbourne) till I had my children. NZ trained radiographers were very well thought of overseas. In fact, I rang about a job in Melbourne and was asked to start on the Monday. I asked didn't she want to see me but she said if I had been trained in Auckland that was fine.
Consider doing the therapy option (cancer treatment) as there are always jobs in that area. Also don't think there is much shift work and might pay slightly more.
I really loved it , especially A&E work, but sometimes I wanted to ignore the drunks rather than tend to them. Fortunately, professionalism prevailed!
Good luck, enjoy.
Pleased you have found a way to stay in NZ.
PS Have you seen this site
http://www.careers.govt.nz/default.a...103&id1=J35135
http://www.careers.govt.nz/default.a...103&id1=J35135
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Congratulations.... quick question.. are you starting 2011 or 2012?

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2011 March 7 - why?
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