Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 3A

Course code MRSC3220
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

This course allows students to refine their basic to advanced professional skills by participating in skill labs at university and by attending a professional placement at an accredited clinical centre. The labs and professional placement will increase confidence and competence in undertaking and participating in professional procedures of increasing difficulty or complexity. The labs must be passed to be allowed to attend professional placement, and pass the course.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Compare and contrast, and describe and apply, 3D conformal radiation therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) approaches to radiation therapy including: immobilization strategies and techniques; CT/MRI/PET simulation data acquisition; plane design and development of patient data sets, dose calculation, plan evaluation and quality assurance; and treatment implementation

2. Evaluate plans against ICRU and protocol criteria and ensure that they meet recognized and accepted criteria (ICRU 50/62, 83

3. Demonstrate their transition from an advanced beginning practitioner to a competent practitioner by actively participating in mid level to high level radiation therapy treatment, planning and simulation procedures

4. Demonstrate a professional attitude towards members of the public and other health care workers, and demonstrate effective communication with members of the public and other health care workers

5. Demonstrate clinical reasoning and reflective thinking skills with regard to safe, ethical and effective patient management; patient quality of life assessment; technology assessment and implementation

6. Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to employ an evidenced based approach to decision making in healthcare practice

7. Reflect upon, and evaluate and critique, their professional experience during placement to inform their learning and development into the future

Content

  1. 3DCRT, IMRT and VMAT immobilisation, simulation, planning and treatment approaches to radiation therapy
  2. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Thorax
  3. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Abdomen
  4. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Head & Neck
  5. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Brain
  6. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment, biological models of dosing
  7. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
  8. Imaging for oncology and radiation therapy

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of MRSC2250 and MRSC2270. Co-requisite - concurrent enrolment in MRSC3200.

Assumed Knowledge

MRSC2250 Radiation Therapy Methods IIB MRSC2270 Radiation Therapy Professional Placement IIB

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises *

Portfolio: Professional Skills / Clinical Competence Portfolio *

Professional Task: Practicum/Placement *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 100% attendance required
  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 100% attendance required

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.

Contact Hours

Clinical

Face to Face Off Campus 202 hour(s) per Term

Minimum of 200hours/25 shifts of clinical practice. Clinical Briefing 1 hr and Clinical debriefing 1 hr per semester - compulsory attendance NOTE: Full term does not include those times when students are on a timetabled professional placement

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term