Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

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The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) is an AQF level 7 Bachelor program.

Radiation Therapy is one of the main treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer. Radiation therapists are the health care professionals who use anatomical and functional imaging studies to design courses of treatment for patients with malignant disease, and use a range of advanced technology to implement daily treatment. Radiation Therapists have a large responsibility to monitor patients health and well being during treatment. Radiation Therapy contributes significantly to the high cancer cure rates in Australia.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.

Current Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry is based on ATAR or interstate equivalent.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Year 12 Bonus Point Scheme:

1. Physics (Band 5 – 6 )2 points

2. Mathematics (Band 5 – 6) 2 points OR

Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR

Ext 2 (Band 2 – 4) 4 points

3. English (Advanced) (Band 6) 2 points OR

English Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR

English Ext 2 (Band 2 – 4) 4 points

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

  • Previous year 12 studies
  • Higher education, tertiary or post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications

International students currently undertaking:

  • an Australian Year 12 in Australia
  • an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureat (IB) in Australia

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

All other international students:

Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirements.

Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

English and Mathematics or Physics. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider undertaking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the University year.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements to attend clinical placements in this program. For information on these requirements please visit: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Certificate.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ for information on how to apply for credit. Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.


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Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is available as an additional one-year full-time program or equivalent part-time. Candidates for Honours are selected on the basis of academic achievement.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students will complete substantial supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally as part of the program. Rural placements are mandatory. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional experience will be the responsibility of the student.


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Australia is recognised as a world leader in Medical Radiation Science (MRS) education and practice. Our program is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia who act under the auspices of of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA. A professional year is required after you graduate from university. After satisfying professional accreditation, you can practice across the world.

Graduates from this program can apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Board of Australia in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more info.


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Radiation Therapists are required to provide a safe environment for patients, staff and themselves. They are required to be able to lift and support the movement of equipment and patients and move freely and quickly around departments and hospitals. The profession can be physically challenging. All applicants need to be able to complete all parts of the clinical placement program to both complete the course and become accredited with the profession.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/divisions/academic-division#ctl

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science requires the completion of 240 units of approved courses.

This program is available in full-time mode only.

Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within five years of study from the date of commencement.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HLSC1000Transition to Health Sciences Education and PracticeSemester 110 units
HUBS1105Musculoskeletal AnatomySemester 110 units
HUBS1401Human BioscienceSemester 110 units
MRSC1010Medical Radiation Science 1ASemester 110 units
MRSC1201Basic Radiation Therapy Methods IB

Prior successful completion of MRSC1010 and HUBS1105. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC1220.

Semester 210 units
MRSC1210An introduction to oncology in AustraliaSemester 210 units
MRSC1220Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B

Prior successful completion of MRSC1010, HUBS1105 and HLSC1000. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC1201. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements. Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.

Semester 210 units
PHYS1250MRS Physics & Radiation ProtectionSemester 210 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS2103Neural and Visceral AnatomySemester 110 units
MRSC2200Radiation Therapy Methods IIA

Prior successful completion of MRSC1201, PHYS1250 and MRSC1220. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC2220.

Semester 110 units
MRSC2220Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 2A

Prior successful completion of MRSC1201, MRSC1220 and PHYS1250. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC2200. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements. Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.

Semester 110 units
MRSC2501Medical Radiation Science Instrumentation 2A

Prior successful completion of PHYS1250.

Semester 110 units
MRSC2250Radiation Therapy Methods IIB

Prior successful completion of MRSC2200 and MRSC2220. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC2270.

Semester 210 units
MRSC2270Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIB

Prior successful completion of MRSC2200 and MRSC2220. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC2250. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements. Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.

Semester 210 units
MRSC2570Radiation Therapy Instrumentation IIB

Prior successful completion of PHYS1250.

Semester 210 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from the following Directed Courses.
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health PromotionSemester 210 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary PerspectivesSemester 210 units
HLSC2242Working With Men and Boys in Human ServicesSemester 210 units
PSYC2505Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health ProfessionalsSemester 210 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 110 units
MRSC3200Radiation Therapy Methods IIIA

Prior successful completion of MRSC2250, MRSC2270, HUBS2103 and HUBS1401. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC3220.

Semester 120 units
MRSC3220Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIA

Prior successful completion of MRSC2250 and MRSC2270. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC3200. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements. Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.

Semester 110 units
MRSC3251Advanced and Future Radiation Therapy Methods IIIB

Prior successful completion of MRSC3200 and MRSC3220. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC3270.

Semester 210 units
MRSC3255Transition to Radiation Therapy Practice IIIB

Prior successful completion of MRSC2250 and MRSC2270.

Semester 210 units
MRSC3270Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIB

Prior successful completion of MRSC3200 and MRSC3220. Concurrent enrolment in MRSC3251. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements. Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.

Semester 210 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units