Our graduates are highly employable
Graduates of the University of Newcastle’s radiation therapy degree are highly regarded, and many of our graduates find employment prior to or soon after finishing their studies.
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy is one of the main treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer. Radiation therapists are the health care professionals who design and implement courses of treatment for patients with malignant disease with the aim of curing or alleviating the disease burden. Radiation therapies use anatomical imaging (CTs, MRIs,) and functional imaging (PET, bone scans) studies to map in 3D and 4D the sites of disease, and normal tissue and organ anatomy for patients. Radiation therapists use advanced software programs to design courses of treatment involving multiple, highly sculptured, high dose radiation beams, to target and destroy tumours, or radiation sources placed strategically within the body.
Radiation therapists then provide daily radiation treatment to patients using advanced patient immobilisation and treatment technologies that verify tumour and beam positioning prior to treatment. Patients are treated daily for up to six weeks. A cancer diagnosis and related treatment can cause physical and psycho-social effects. Radiation therapists have high levels of interaction with their patients, and they need advanced communication skills as they have a significant role in monitoring the wellbeing of patients undergoing treatment.
Use your degree overseas
Australia is recognised as a world leader in Medical Radiation Science (MRS). Our program is accredited by the Australian Institute of Radiography. A professional year is required after you graduate before applying for full professional accreditation as a Radiation Therapist. After this you can practice around the world. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please be aware that the current standard English Language Competency for registration as a practitioner in your chosen health discipline in most states of Australia is an IELTS of 7.0.