Bachelor of Sciences in Medical Radiography
The role of a radiographer in tertiary and district hospitals is rapidly changing from that of a simple technician to that of a team-member in the delivery of high-quality health care. Graduate Radiographers are increasingly being called upon by doctors to discuss the results of imaging examinations, for purpose of making a correct diagnosis.
The wider availability of new imaging modalities in the country and beyond has meant an increased time of contact between patients and radiographers.
The Department of Radiography, School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, offers a Bachelors’s degree in Medical Radiography. The graduate attains either Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiography (Diagnostic) or Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiography (Therapy). Students choose one of the options to pursue in their 3rd year.
The goal of the program is to;
- Produce a broad-based Professional who can perform multiple tasks and cope with recent advances in diagnostic and therapeutic radiography
- Develop a professional, competent in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required and who has gained experience in applying such skills in the appropriate work context
The BMR Graduate:
A graduate of the Bachelor of Sciences in Medical Radiology is a radiological technologist who has essential skills that are required for diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy practice, including the following competencies:
- Medical & Medical Imaging Knowledge
- Clinical Skills and Patient Care
- Critical inquiry and the scientific method
- Professionalism & Ethical practice
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Leadership and Management Skills
- Population Health
- Continuous Improvement of Care through Reflective Practice
- Health Systems Management
- Use of Technology
- Radiation Protection & Safety
The qualification enables the learner to competently apply an integration of theory, principles, proven techniques, practical experiences, and appropriate skills to the solution of well-defined and abstract challenges in the radiography and medical imaging field. The learner becomes a reflective practitioner and a life-long learner, thereby benefiting the community. Management, leading and research skills are also demonstrated allowing the graduate to work independently and also in a supervisory capacity within the health care team.
- Direct Entry Scheme:
A candidate is eligible for admission into the program on meeting the following minimum requirements.
The Uganda Certificate of Education (Ordinary level) or it’s equivalent
Two principal passes in approved science subjects at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced certificate of Education Examination (Advanced level) or its equivalent. The essential subjects are Biology and Physics. The relevant subjects are one best done of Chemistry and Mathematics.
- Diploma Entry Scheme:
A Diploma in Medical Radiography of Makerere University or its equivalent
- Mature Age Entry Scheme:
Applicants must pass a Makerere University Mature Age Examination.
- Degree Holders Entry Scheme:
Degree holders in Biomedical Sciences are considered for admission.
This is a four-year program. Every academic year consists of two 17-week semesters and one 10-week recess term except the final year, which has no recess term.
A semester shall be 17 weeks, 15 weeks for teaching, and 2 weeks for examinations.
The total intake is 20 students per year. Government avails funds for 10-15 students. The rest are self-funded.
The program curriculum provides for student-centered learning, encourages critical thinking and problem solving through Problem based learning (PBL). It advocates for the integration of learning experiences and is community-oriented. It also includes non-traditional subjects like management and communication.
All courses in the Programme are classified as Core Courses, therefore, students are required to register for and pass all the Courses in the First and Second years. In the 3rd and 4th year, students register for Courses either in Clinical Imaging or Radiation Therapy, but not both. Clinical imaging involves the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation for purposes of clinical diagnosis of disease while Radiation therapy is the use of ionizing radiation for the treatment of disease.
Teaching is delivered through Over-view lectures, Small group tutorials with a Tutor, Self-directed study, Wrap-up seminars, Question and answer sessions, Skills training in the skills lab, Assignments, practical and clinical sessions, question and answer sessions, patient-based teaching, discussion groups, through portfolios, community-based teaching, and ICT (e-learning).
For a student to be eligible for graduation and hence receive an Academic Transcript and Certificate, he/she MUST have a total of 165 Credit Units (165 CU). Where;
1 Clinical hour = 1 contact hour
1 Lecture hour = 1 contact hour
2 Tutorial hours = 1 contact hour
2 Practical hours = 1 contact hour
2 Self study hours = 1 contact hour
1 Credit unit = 15 contact hours
Tuition fees (per semester)
Ugandans, EastAfricans, S.Sudanese – USHS 2,350,664
Internationals – USHS 3,525,997
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 4 years
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes