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Undergraduate study in Radiation Therapy

Overview of the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)

The Bachelor of Radiation Therapy is a three year full time programme which is designed to produce radiation therapists qualified to use radiation for the treatment of disease with a minimum of supervision. Such treatment is in accordance with the prescription of the radiation oncologist. For those people who are attracted to a scientific discipline, who are keen to work as part of a team of skilled personnel, which cures, treats and cares mainly for cancer patients, radiation therapy offers a challenging, satisfying and life-long career.

The first year of the course will be spent studying anatomy and imaging; cancer cell biology; health and human behaviour; healthcare communication; radiation technology; radiation therapy and oncology; radiation therapy planning concepts. Students also spend two weeks in a clinical department.

In the second and third years students will continue to learn in a clinical setting to gain experience with a range of equipment and techniques, and will return to the University of Otago, Wellington for further theoretical aspects of the programme, taught in a semester block. Currently clinical placements occur throughout New Zealand and at some Australian Centres.

Students also need to work in an oncology department during the academic breaks in order to gain necessary work experience before completing the requirements of the degree.

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 in a class of about 30 students. 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 to work in the radiation oncology department to get the necessary clinical work experience to meet the requirements of your degree and registration.

How to apply

In eVision, please search for the generic programme – Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programmes (HSUPP). You need to add this programme first, and select Dunedin 2018 (although Radiation Therapy is based in Wellington you still need to select Dunedin 2019). Once you have added the HSUPP programme, you can select the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) and upload your application documentation. Please do not forget to submit your application at the end of the online process.

See the Admissions guidelines here on the University of Otago website
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Accommodation information

See our flyer for Wellington Accommodation (480 MB - updated 8 August 2017)

Other queries contact the University of Otago Accommodations Office

Accommodation Office,
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 8950
accommodation@otago.ac.nz