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Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)

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Overview

The degree of Bachelor of Radiation Therapy replaces the Bachelor of Health Sciences endorsed in Medical Radiation Therapy.

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Information for New Applicants

Applications for 2015

Open: 1 August 2014
Close: 15 September 2014

Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found on the following website.
Division of Health Sciences

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Contact details

Department of Radiation Therapy
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
Tel 64 4 385 5475
Email rtenquiries.uow@otago.ac.nz

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)

 

YearPapersPoints
1st year

RADT 111  Anatomy and Imaging

RADT 112  Cancer Cell Biology

RADT 113  Health and Human Behaviour

RADT 114  Healthcare Communication

RADT 115  Radiation Technology 1

RADT 116  Radiation Therapy and Oncology I

RADT 117  Radiation Therapy Planning Concepts 1

30

10

9

9

18

30

14

2nd year

RADT 211  Radiation Therapy Practice II

RADT 212  Principles of Research

RADT 213  Advanced Healthcare Communication

RADT 214  Radiation Technology II

RADT 215  Radiation Therapy and Oncology II

RADT 216  Radiation Therapy Planning Concepts II

60

6

10

16

10

18

3rd year

RADT 311  Radiation Therapy Practice III

RADT 312  Literature Analysis

RADT 313  Professional Development

RADT 314  Radiation Therapy and Oncology III

RADT 315  Radiation Therapy Planning Concepts III

60

20

10

12

18

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.
    2. Admission to the programme is limited to the number, determined annually, of places available for clinical teaching.
    3. The Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee shall consider applications from candidates in the following categories:
      1. admission with secondary school qualifications
      2. admission with one year of tertiary study
      3. admission with two or more years of tertiary study
      4. admission with tertiary qualifications
      5. admission with alternative qualifications and/or experience.
    4. In selecting Domestic students from categories 1(c)(ii-v) above, the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee will first select from those applicants who are seeking entry to the Radiation Therapy programme only and not also to one or more of the Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy programmes offered by the University of Otago, and who, normally, have achieved an average grade of B- or better* and meet all other admissions criteria as described in the Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Radiation Therapy.

      Thereafter if Domestic places are still available in each of the applicable categories, the Committee will then select from the group of applicants who are seeking to enter Radiation Therapy and one or more of those other programmes and who, normally, have achieved an average grade of B- or better.*

      Note: To be considered in the “Radiation Therapy Single Programme Preference” group, an applicant must specify that he or she is applying only for the Radiation Therapy professional programme by close of applications (15 September) for admission to Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programmes in the year prior to admission. Applicants in this group may apply for admission to other programmes excluding Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy at the University of Otago.

    5. The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of Māori and indigenous Pacific Island graduates. The Division of Health Sciences honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promotes academic equity for under-represented groups in order to work towards ensuring that New Zealand’s diverse health workforce needs are met by the Division’s graduates.

      Applicants in any category (see regulation 1(c)), who have fulfilled the requirements as described in 1 (f)-(j) may also be considered in one or both of the following subcategories:

      1. Māori.
      2. Indigenous Pacific (see note).

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must provide verified evidence of either Māori whakapapa or indigenous Pacific ancestry and be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved the minimum academic standard determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee from year to year in the course of study on which the application is based.

      Note: Students applying under the Indigenous Pacific sub-category need to provide verified evidence of family ancestry originating from one or more of the following Pacific nations: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai’i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).

    6. To gain admission from secondary school, an applicant will
      1. have fulfilled the University's entrance requirements;
      2. have attained a satisfactory standard determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 (or equivalent; and
      3. have completed or be completing, to a satisfactory standard determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee, English or an English-rich subject and/or Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira, Mathematics with Statistics or Mathematics with Calculus, and Physics or Biology at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent). Admissions from secondary school will be based on a scoring process similar to that used for Managed Enrolment.

        Final admission is subject to confirmation of satisfactory NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent).

      Note: Applicants are initially considered on the basis of their NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) performance and subjects taken for NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in the previous five years.

    7. To gain admission with one year of tertiary study, an applicant will
      1. have undertaken one year of relevant university study; and
      2. have completed his or her papers at a standard, normally an average grade of B- or better*, determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.
    8. To gain admission with two or more years of tertiary study, an applicant will
      1. have undertaken two or more years of relevant university study; and
      2. have completed his or her papers at a standard, normally an average grade of B- or better*, determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.
    9. To gain admission with a tertiary qualification, an applicant will have completed the requirements for a relevant university degree at a standard, normally an average grade of B- or better*, determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.
    10. To gain admission with alternative qualifications and/or experience, an applicant will
      1. possess not less than five years of experience in a health-related profession, of which at least two years must have been in New Zealand; and/or
      2. demonstrate academic ability acceptable to the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee; and
      3. satisfy any other criteria set by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.
    11. Applicants will be selected by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee for interview on the basis of their academic records. The final determining factor for selection of a candidate who has met the interview threshold, determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee, is the candidate’s academic record.

      Notes:
      1. The due date for applications for enrolment in the first year course is 15 September in the year preceding desired entry.
      2. Every applicant for the programme whose application for admission is based on qualifications gained outside New Zealand, and whose first language is not English or Māori, must provide evidence of competence and understanding of written and spoken English in the form of certified results in the International English Language Test (IELT) with a score of not less than 7.5 in the academic band, with a score of 8 or better in the listening band and 8 or better in the speaking band. This test is to be taken in New Zealand.
      3. Relevant study is detailed in the Health Sciences Guidelines to Admission.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements set out in the Schedule of papers for the degree and shall normally be pursued over three years of full-time study.
    2. Candidates will not normally be permitted to enrol in any papers of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.

  3. Credits and Exemptions

    The Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations may grant such credits and exemptions as it deems appropriate for work done previously by a candidate.

  4. Examinations

    1. Every candidate must gain terms before being admitted to examinations.
    2. Candidates who fail to gain terms shall subsequently pursue a course of study approved by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations.
    3. A candidate who fails any paper may, on the recommendation of the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations, be admitted to a special examination.

  5. Withdrawal from the Programme

    A candidate who withdraws from the programme must obtain the approval of the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations. Applications for readmission must be submitted to the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations by 1 November in the year prior to that for which readmission is sought.

  6. Exclusion from the Programme

    Any candidate who fails to complete the requirements for a paper in two academic years may be excluded by the Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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