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- Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) through the Christchurch campus in 2020
- Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2020
- Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) through the Wellington campus in 2020
- Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) through the Christchurch campus in 2021
- Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2021
- Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) through the Wellington campus in 2021
Are you attracted to a scientific discipline, willing to accept responsibility and keen to work as part of a team of skilled professionals treating and curing patients?
The three-year Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) qualifies you as a radiation therapist able to use radiation to treat disease with minimum supervision from radiation oncologists. The qualification incorporates theory components at the University of Otago, Wellington; and practical components at radiation oncology departments in New Zealand and Australia. In addition, students complete work experience in radiation oncology departments during many of the academic breaks. This work experience is a course requirement for the programme.
Applications for entry to the 2021 Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) programme will open on 1 August each year.
Graduates may apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Technologists’ Board (MRTB) and work in departments of radiation oncology in Auckland, Hamilton (Waikato), Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Overseas opportunities exist particularly in Australia, Canada and England.
1. The Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee shall consider applications from candidates in the following categories:
- Admission with secondary school qualification
- Admission with one year of university study
- Admission with two or more years of university study
- Admission as a graduate
- Admission with alternative qualifications and/or experience
2. Demonstration of suitability to the profession by 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
Student numbers will be limited due to the availability of clinical placements.
Refer to Radiation Therapy Admission Guidelines at otago.ac.nz/healthsciences
Māori and New Zealand Resident Indigenous Pacific Origins (NZRIPO) applicants
The Division of Health Sciences is actively seeking to recruit Māori and/or Pacific origin students for Radiation Therapy. Therefore, students who are of Māori and/or Pacific origin may have this fact taken into consideration along with their application by completing Form A (Māori) or Form B (NZRIPO).
Upon acceptance into the programme applicants will usually be offered a clinical placement from one of the hospitals taking part in the programme to ensure access to clinical training. A current approved comprehensive first aid certificate is required on entry to the programme. Applications for admission must be made to the Health Sciences Admissions Office by 15 September of the preceding year.
The Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) is a professional course and all papers are compulsory.
Subject areas include:
- Radiation Therapy Practice
- Anatomy and Imaging
- Health and Human Behaviour
- Healthcare Communication
- Radiation Technology
- Radiation Therapy and Oncology
- Radiation Therapy Planning Concepts
200- and 300-level papers cover Radiation Therapy Practice, Radiation Technology, Radiation Therapy and Oncology, Radiation Therapy Planning Concepts, Advanced Healthcare Communication, Principles of Research, Literature Analysis, and Professional Development.
Health and conduct
The Division of Health Sciences requires all applicants applying for any of its health professional programmes to declare any criminal or disciplinary charges they have faced, or are facing, and any health status issues which could a ect their participation in clinical aspects of the programme or their overall fitness to practise.
Contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office for information.
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'. Applicants who enter the programme will receive further information regarding the timing of these checks.
- Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)
- Bachelor of Radiation Therapy with Honours (BRT(Hons))
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)
See the full list of Radiation Therapy (RADT) papers.
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)
|1st year|| |
RADT 121 Radiation Therapy Practice
RADT 122 Anatomy and Imaging
RADT 123 Radiation Therapy and Oncology 1
RADT 124 Radiation Therapy Planning Concepts 1
RADT 125 Healthcare Communication
RADT 126 Health and Human Behaviour
RADT 127 Radiation Technology 1
|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
|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
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) in Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice
Not offered in 2020
The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice is available through Distance Learning.