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Radiation Therapy

Overview

 

Radiation Therapy uses radiation to treat disease. Most patients receiving radiation therapy have been diagnosed with cancer—a disease that touches most families at some point in their lives.

Radiation Therapists work in a fast-paced, high-tech environment which also involves patient care.  You will work as part of a specialised healthcare team.

Radiation Therapy teaches you:

  • About human anatomy and the imaging process
  • About cell cancer biology
  • How to communicate with patients in a caring and professional manner
  • How to plan and deliver radiation treatment

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Entry requirements

The Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee shall consider applications from candidates in the following categories:

International students are not eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy.

Single Programme Preference

Single Programme Preference is available for students wishing to apply for Radiation Therapy. Note this is not applicable to candidates applying via the Secondary School category.

  • Goal: The programme, with support of its professional body, wishes to recruit students who have signalled a strong commitment to its programme.
  • Application: To apply students will select their single programme preference, ie Radiation Therapy. However students are still able to apply for Dental Technology, Oral Health, or any programme outside of the Health Sciences restricted entry programmes.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible students must meet an academic threshold. For details please refer to the main categories below.

The Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee will firstly select from those applicants who are applying under Single Programme Preference. Thereafter if domestic places are still available, the Committee will select from the group of applicants that have applied to multiple Health Sciences restricted entry programmes.

Main categories

Secondary School category

To be considered for admission under the Secondary School category an applicant must:

  • Have fulfilled the University's entrance requirements, and
  • Have attained a satisfactory standard determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee in NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent), and
  • Have completed or be completing the following subjects in NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) to a satisfactory standard (minimum of 16 credits) as determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee:
    • English, or
    • Te Reo Māori, or
    • Te Reo Rangatira, or
    • Classics, or
    • History, or
    • Geography, or
    • Art History
    and
    • Mathematics, or
    • Statistics, or
    • Calculus
    and
    • Physics, or
    • Biology
    and have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview, achieving a threshold level determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.

Applicants are initially reviewed based on their Level 2 (or equivalent) performance and subjects taken for NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) within the last five years. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Selection of applicants who have met this criteria will be based on academic merit.

One Year of University Study category

To be considered for admission under the One Year of University Study category an applicant must:

  • Have undertaken within the last five years one year of relevant university study, and
  • Have provided a statement of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview (applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record)

Single programme preference applicants must normally achieve a B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) (Otago equivalent) or better across all papers and have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview, achieving a threshold level determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit.

Two or More Years of University Study category

To be considered for admission under the Two or More Years of University Study category an applicant must:

  • Not be a finalist but must have completed within the last five years, two or more years of relevant full time study at a university in New Zealand, comprising at least three papers at 200 level, B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) (Otago equivalent); and
  • Have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Single Programme Preference applicants must normally achieve a B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) (Otago equivalent) or better across all papers and have provided a statement of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview, achieving a threshold level determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit.

Graduate category

To be considered for admission under the Graduate category an applicant must have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:

  • A bachelor's degree; or
  • A bachelor's degree honours degree; or
  • A bachelor's degree followed by a postgraduate diploma equivalent to a Bachelor’s honours degree;

and have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Single Programme Preference applicants must normally achieve a B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) (Otago equivalent) or better across all papers and have provided a statement of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview, achieving a threshold level determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit.

Alternative category

To be considered for admission under the Alternative category a candidate must either:

  • Hold a relevant degree from a New Zealand university and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category; or
  • Have completed a relevant degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7; or
  • Hold a relevant master's or doctoral degree, or
  • Have relevant study acceptable to the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee, or
  • Be an allied health professional who holds a relevant qualification and has completed no less than five years of full-time work in that allied health profession, of which at least two years should be in New Zealand

and have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Single Programme Preference applicants must normally achieve a B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) (Otago equivalent) or better across all papers and have provided a statement of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and undertaken a Radiation Therapy interview, achieving a threshold level determined annually by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. (Applicants will be selected for interview based on their academic record.)

Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit.

Sub-categories

The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of Māori and indigenous Pacific Island graduates. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand's diverse health workforce needs are met, to honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi / Tiriti o Waitangi and promoting academic equity for under-represented groups.

Applicants may also be considered in one or both of the following sub-categories:

  • Māori
  • 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, be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand, and complete a written statement describing their commitment to Māori and/or Pacific health.

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:

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Hawaii
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rapanui (Easter Island)
  • Rotuma
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

Māori – Form A (PDF 150 KB)

Applicants wishing to be considered under the Māori sub-category must indicate this at the time of application by ticking the Māori sub-category box on the application form along with providing information on their Māori whakapapa. Applicants will also be required to complete and upload the following documents.

  • An endorsement of Māori whakapapa, and
  • A written personal statement

It is recommended that students wishing to apply under the Māori sub-category attend a relevant information session held by the Division of Health Science Māori Health Workforce Development Unit (MHWDU) and/or contact the MHWDU to arrange a meeting with staff or for further information:

Email health-sciences-maori@otago.ac.nz

New Zealand Resident Indigenous Pacific Origins (NZRIPO) – Form B (PDF 100 KB)

Applicants wishing to be considered under the NZRIPO sub-category must indicate this at the time of application by ticking the NZRIPO sub-category box on the application form and then confirming their island of heritage / origin. Applicants will also be required to complete and upload the following documents:

  • An endorsement of Pacific Island Heritage, and
  • A written personal statement, and
  • A copy of birth certificate and any other verified information (certified copy) to confirm evidence of indigenous Pacific ancestry

Successful applicants from the Pacific sub-category are expected to be connected and contribute to the Health Sciences Pacific support network.

It is recommended that students wishing to apply under the NZRIPO sub-category contact the staff in the Pacific Islands Research and Student Support Unit (PIRSSU):

Email pirssu@otago.ac.nz

Demonstration of suitability to the profession by interview

The interview is an important part of the application process. Entry is competitive and places are limited due to the number of clinical placements available.

Once applications have been provisionally assessed, you may be offered an interview.

Selection for interview is based on:

  • Academic performance to a standard determined by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee

In preparation for the interview, it is strongly recommended that all applicants visit a radiation oncology department. If you have not yet done so, please email your name, address, postcode, and phone numbers to the Department of Radiation Therapy so a visit to a radiation oncology department can be arranged.

Email rtenquiries.uow@otago.ac.nz

Interviews are held in:

  • Wellington (27 September to 28 September 2016)
  • Auckland (29 September to 30 September 2016)
  • Dunedin (4 October to 6 October 2016)

In no circumstances will an interview be offered outside of this timeframe. Failure to attend the interview at the allocated time / place will be deemed to constitute the withdrawal of your application.

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Application process

Online registration and application

New and returning students are required to complete their application through eVision, which combines both your admissions and enrolment into the University of Otago, and your programme application.

You should apply in the first instance to the 'Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programmes' and then select 'Radiation Therapy' from the list.

If you have any questions regarding your registration please contact the University Information Centre:

Tel 0800 80 80 98 (from within New Zealand)
Tel 64 3 479 7000 (from overseas)
Email university@otago.ac.nz
facebook.com/otagouniversity
Ask Otago: Frequently asked questions

Supporting documentation

When completing your online application you will be asked to upload the following supporting documentation before being able to submit your application.

You will therefore need to have the following information available before starting your application.

1. Declaration and police vetting form (PDF 190 KB)

2. Curriculum vitae

Please clearly state the following:

  • Level 2 and 3 NCEA (or equivalent) subjects already completed or currently completing
  • Awards attained, positions of responsibility, participant sports, leisure activities, community activities, and voluntary work
  • Employment record

The Careers Development Centre has useful information available on their website about how to prepare your CV, should you require assistance.

3. Certified documents of all secondary school qualifications

If applying with NCEA results, please include:

  • Full School Result Summaries including all levels of study. To obtain a copy, candidates need to login to the Learner area. You will need to register online first if you haven't logged in before.

The NZQA website has more information on the above.

4. Certified copies of  university / tertiary academic records (transcripts)

Copies of University of Otago records are not required.

Result notification forms are not acceptable. Certified transcripts may be obtained from the relevant university. Final semester results will be obtained from your university by the Health Sciences Admissions Office in November. Failure by your university to release your final semester grades in time for Admissions Committees meetings may result in your application not being processed in the current year.

5. Statement of Interest (PDF 40 KB)

  • Completed and signed, stating the reasons for wanting to undertake this programme and any other information in support of this application.

6. Certified copy of your IELTS result (if admission is based on qualifications gained outside New Zealand and your first language is not English or Māori)

The International English Language Test (IELTS) certifies English Language Competency. Your IELTS test must be taken in New Zealand.

This qualification is required if:

  • Your application for admission is based on qualifications gained outside New Zealand
  • Your first language is not English or Māori

The following IELTS scores are required:

  • 7.5 overall academic band
  • 8 or better in the listening band
  • 8 or better in the speaking band

Appropriate witnesses

You should normally have your documents witnessed as true copies of originals by an authorised person i.e. a person listed in the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957 such as:

The following may also witness documents:

  • Notary Public
  • Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar
  • University of Otago Administrative or Liaison Staff
  • Member of Parliament
  • Land Transport New Zealand, Public Trust, or local authority employee (who must be authorised under the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957—an authorised stamp is required)

Students within New Zealand may wish to check the Yellow Pages for a list of Justices of the Peace in their area. Students from remote areas who do not have access to anyone in the approved categories should contact the University Information Centre for advice.

What the witness needs to do

Witnessed Document Example jpgWhen witnessing the photocopy this person must indicate the authority with which the copy is certified as true (e.g. Certified true copy, W B Smith, Justice of the Peace).

The person's name should be printed under his or her signature if not easily legible.

Other officials or professionals should not normally be asked to witness documents. Check the Yellow Pages for Justices of the Peace in your area.

If you do not have access to anyone in the approved categories, you should contact the University Information Centre for advice.

Application deadlines

Applications for entry in 2017 closed on 15 September 2016.

Outcome of application

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by email no later than 11pm (New Zealand Time) on 23 December 2016.

If you have a question regarding your application, you are able to contact us at:

Email healthsciences.application@otago.ac.nz

All correspondence must include your Otago student ID number.

Accepting or declining offers

If offered a place, applicants will be advised on the deadline for accepting or declining the offer.

Note, the closing date to accept first round offers is 5 January 2017.

Please think carefully before making your decision; once you have declined an offer(s) there is no opportunity to have the offer(s) reinstated after deadline has expired.

What is the waiting list?

If your Outcome of Application email indicates that you have been placed on the waiting list, you will be contacted should a place become available. Waiting lists are programme-specific and you may not ask to be included on any professional programme waiting list other than the one(s) specified.

You can be offered a place from a waiting list right up to the time classes begin.

Deferral of entry

Successful candidates may request to defer their entry to the following academic year.

Requests will be considered on the following grounds:

  • Serious medical grounds or other exceptional circumstances. Candidates that are approved deferral on medical grounds or exceptional circumstances will be required to provide evidence that they are able to resume study.

To apply for a deferral of entry please complete and return the deferral form (PDF 130 KB)

Deferrals will only be granted for a maximum period of one academic year.

Applicants must have their personal and financial affairs in order when they apply so that if their application is successful, they are able to take up a place at the start of the first semester.

Important dates

  • Radiation Oncology department visits: June / July / August 2016
  • Applications close: 15 September 2016
  • Interviews: 27 September to 6 October 2016
  • Outcome of application emails sent by: By 23 December 2016
  • Accepting or declining first round offers: 5 January 2017
  • Health Sciences Admissions Office closed: 23 December 2016 to 5 January 2017
  • Commencement date: 30 January 2017 (This is a compulsory start date. Students who fail to attend classes on time, on the first day, risk losing their place.)

Health and disabilities

Please contact the University of Otago's Manager of Disability Information and Support, or the Health Sciences Admissions Office, if you have a health condition and/or disability that may affect whether or not you are able to meet the requirements of a programme or obtain professional registration.

Any applicant who has a mental or physical condition that could adversely affect their fitness to practice or is found to have failed to declare a condition may be declined admission to the programme by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to medical requests or requests for information regarding an applicants health status have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.

You may be requested to complete a further health declaration required by your clinical provider.

Criminal offences

Any applicant who is, or has been, the subject of criminal charges, or is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body, or is found to have failed to declare a matter may be declined admission to the programme by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to requests for information regarding an applicants past conduct have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.

As some convictions may prohibit registration, applicants are advised to consult the regulations of the registering professional body:

The regulations of the Medical Radiation Technologists Board

All applicants must consent to verification from the New Zealand Police and Department of Courts that there are no undeclared criminal charges or convictions.

Health and Conduct Review Group

The Health and Conduct Review Group considers a student's suitability for admission to a Health Sciences Professional Programme having regard to fitness to practice issues.

Health and Conduct Review Group – Terms of Reference (PDF 60 KB)
Health and Conduct Procedure (PDF 150 KB)

Vulnerable Children Act 2014

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 is aimed at providing better protection for vulnerable children. One of the ways it aims to do this, is by introducing 'safety checking'.

If you will work with vulnerable children—as part of a specified organisation that provides regulated services—the Act requires you to be ‘safety checked’ at least once every three years.

The safety check involves:

  • Identify verification
  • New Zealand Police vetting
  • Reference checking
  • An interview
  • A risk assessment

Applicants who enter the programme will receive further information regarding the timing of these checks.

Further information

See childrensactionplan.govt.nz/legislation-/ for more information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

First aid certificate

All candidates who accept a place must provide the Department of Radiation Therapy a certified copy of an appropriate New Zealand first aid certificate before the start of the programme.

Applicants must gain this qualification through an NZQA-registered training provider who is authorised to assess NZQA first aid standards.

The certificate should include NZQA Standards 6400, 6401, and 6402.The following are a selection of recommended training course:

Immunity status

All applicants who are offered and accept a place to the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy will be required to provide evidence of their serology status.

Because of the nature of their practice, health professionals are required to take steps to ensure they neither acquire infections from their patients nor transmit infections to patients.

Immunity testing arrangements will be made known during December, preceding the start of the programme.

Further screening tests and/or other immunisations may be required during the programme to align with clinical department policies.

There may be a cost of approximately NZ$300 for health screening tests.

Students should read and understand the Infectious Diseases Policy (PDF 240 KB)

Special examinations

Applications from students sitting special examinations will be placed on hold until the special examination results are released. Once you receive your special examination results you must immediately advise the Health Sciences Admissions Office to ensure the processing of your application is completed.

As we do not receive special examination results automatically, it is applicants' responsibility to inform us of the results of special examinations as soon as they become available.

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Programme content

The course in detail

The course is full-time and will take three years to complete. In addition to the academic papers, there is a large component of clinical work within the degree, particularly in the second and third year.

First year

This year is spent at the University of Otago, Wellington. During this first year, you will also spend two weeks in the clinical environment of a radiation oncology department.

You will need to complete the following papers:

Second year

Your first semester is based in a radiation oncology department, where you'll continue your education in a clinical setting. Your second semester is at the University of Otago, Wellington, studying academic papers.

You will need to complete the following papers:

Third year

Your first semester is at the University of Otago, Wellington, taking further academic papers. Your second semester is based in a radiation oncology department, where you'll continue your education in a clinical setting.

You will need to complete the following papers:

During your academic breaks, you'll need clinical experience in the radiation oncology department to meet the requirements of your degree and registration.

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Careers in Radiation Therapy

Within New Zealand there are many career opportunities for a radiation therapist. Radiation Oncology departments in New Zealand are at six public hospitals (Auckland, Waikato, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin), and three private centres (Auckland, Tauranga, and Christchurch).

As a qualified radiation therapist you may have the opportunity to specialise in the area of treatment delivery, planning, research and development or clinical education.

On qualification, University of Otago Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduates are eligible for registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board, so your employment prospects are immediate.

Radiation Therapy is an international profession. If you decide to travel, there are many opportunities because New Zealand radiation therapists are extremely well regarded overseas for their high level of skills and broad knowledge of the field.

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

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

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Disclaimer

The University of Otago makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on its web pages. However the matters covered, including the availability and structure of courses, are subject to regular review and no warranty or representation can be provided regarding the accuracy of such information, and the University does not accept liability for any losses or damage arising directly or indirectly from reliance on the information.

While the University of Otago takes all due care in implementing the regulations, policies, and procedures that relate to the admissions process, it reserves the right to correct any administrative errors that may occur.