Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIA

Course code MRSC3220Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and must be passed in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:
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
Content1. 3DCRT, IMRT and VMAT immobilization, simulation, planning and treatment approaches to radiation therapy
1. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Thorax
2. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Abdomen
3. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Head & Neck
4. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Brain
5. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment, biological models of dosing
6. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
7. Imaging for oncology and radiation therapy
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC2250 Radiation Therapy Methods IIB
MRSC2270 Radiation Therapy Professional Placement IIB
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Clinical
Laboratory
Practicum
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesPROFESSIONAL SKILLS SIMULATION LABS
COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

This assessment involves attending and participating, and being assessed, in skill labs, including planning labs, setup labs and VERT labs.

Description: The laboratory exercises and assessments are a Compulsory Course Component for this course, ie you must complete the 100% lab attendance, participation and assessment, to pass the course. Students who do not complete the 100% lab attendance, participation and assessment, will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the course and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. No opportunity for remediation in the lab exercises will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

The professional skills simulation labs are weighted as satisfactory or not-satisfactory. Attendance records will be kept for the purpose of meeting the compulsory course component.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1-7
Other: (please specify)LABORATORY PREPARATION LECTURES
COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Description: The lectures are conducted in order to provide the students with the information required to complete their planning laboratories. The lectures are a Compulsory Course Component for this course, ie you must complete the 100% lecture attendance and participation, to pass the course. Students who do not complete the 100% lab attendance, participation and assessment, will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the course and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. No opportunity for remediation in the lab exercises will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

The professional skills simulation labs are weighted as satisfactory or not-satisfactory. Attendance records will be kept for the purpose of meeting the compulsory course component.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1-7
Practicum/PlacementPROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT and COMPLETION OF PRACTICE ASSESSMENT
This is a Compulsory Course Component

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1 - 7

The professional placement workbook provides evidence of the development of clinical knowledge and skills of year 3 radiation therapy students at the University of Newcastle, and demonstrates the transition of a student from an advanced beginner (years 1 & 2 of the program) to a competent practitioner (year 3).

This workbook details the requirements of professional placement assessment for the student during this block. This workbook has four sections: the first three sections provide a variety of evidence of the development of a competent practitioner, and the final section summarizes the student’s assessment across the placement.

SECTION 1: CLINICAL SUPERVISOR REPORTS
To be completed by RT Educators, Supervisors or Mentors:

provides evidence for the overall evaluation of a student?s clinical knowledge and skills over an extended period time in professional practice, and as described by the Australian Universities Radiation Therapy Student Clinical Assessment Form , and the AHPRA Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee, Accreditation Standards (for Radiation Therapists)

The Clinical Supervisors Report is a compulsory course component, in order to pass the course, a student must obtain the following grades in the Final Summative Assessment:
• A minimum of '3' (satisfactory level of achievement) in each item listed in sections 1-4 of the report.
• An 'S" (satisfactory level of achievement) in each item listed in section 5, "Professionalism".
• An 'S" (satisfactory level of achievement) in each item listed in section 6, "Fitness to Practise"

The student must attain a 50% mark in this section to pass the course.
The clinical supervisor report is weighted as 50% of the course mark.


SECTION 2: COMPETENCY EVALUATION AND COMPETENCY ACCREDITATION RECORD
The competency evaluation is to be completed by students and verified by supervisors; the competency accreditation record is to be completed by students and verified by the university:

provides specific evidence for the development of a range of professional skills, as described by the:
Australian Universities Radiation Therapy Student Clinical Assessment Form,
Domain 4 Care & Clinical Management:
4.3 Performs technical skills to an appropriate level of competence relative to the stage of their academic program in:
? Treatment
? Planning
? Simulation
and the

AHPRA Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee, Accreditation Standards
Standard 6.8 Practice in Radiation Therapy

The competency evaluation and competency accreditation record is a compulsory course component. In order to pass the course a student must obtain a satisfactory assessment to pass the course. The competency evaluation and record is weighted as satisfactory or not-satisfactory.


SECTION 3: CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REFLECTION ON PRACTICE
To be completed by students:

provides evidence of a student’s ability to critically analyze their placement experiences through the examination of clinical knowledge and practice, and reflection on practice and as described in the:

Australian Universities Radiation Therapy Student Clinical Assessment Form:
Domain 1 Knowledge & Understanding
Domain 2 Critical Thinking & Evaluation
Domain 4 Care & Clinical Management
and the

AHPRA Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee, Accreditation Standards

The critical analysis and reflection on practice assessment item is a compulsory course component, in order to pass the course, a student must obtain a 50% mark in this section to pass the course. The report is weighted as 50% of the course mark.
Contact HoursClinical: for 200 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Clinical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Compulsory Course ComponentPLACEMENT INFORMATION and REQUIREMENTS
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of MRSC2250, & MRSC2270, and concurrent enrolment in MRSC3200. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC3220