Radiation Therapy: Laurentian University Joint Program

Radiation Therapy: Laurentian University Joint Program:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Degree & Advanced Diploma

Program Length

10 semesters over 4 Years

Delivery Method

Full time

Start Date

September 2015

Tuition

TBD

Application Deadline

January 14, 2015

Apply Through

Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)

Program Code

LRS

Career Opportunities

Future career opportunities as a Radiation Therapist include (but are not limited to): research, clinical specialist radiation therapist (CSRT), education, management, and medical equipment sales.  Radiation therapists can also go on to specialize in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Please note: the Michener-Laurentian Radiation Therapy Program is a direct entry program into the specialization of Radiation Therapy.  Upon acceptance to the program, no follow up application to specialize in this field is required.

Please navigate below to learn more about the joint Michener / Laurentian University Radiation Therapy program and how to become a radiation therapist.

Radiation Therapy Michener Laurentian University

Is this program for me?

Consider this program if you:

  • want to study and work in Northern Ontario
  • are eager to learn in a bilingual environment and are motivated to learn independently through online distance education.
  • are interested in working with high-tech equipment
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and are passionate about working in an environment where treatment directly impacts patients.

 

How long does it take?

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is a collaborative program between The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and Laurentian University. The curriculum combines courses offered on the Laurentian campus and discipline-specific courses that will be offered by distance education formats from The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences. Laboratory components for courses will be completed at the Health Sciences North – Northeast Cancer Centre, Sudbury. During your second year of study you will complete a 4 week clinical placement.  Additionally there is a 42 week placement in your final year.  This takes place at an affiliated cancer treatment facility. (Locations to be established)

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Radiation Therapy Laurentian University Joint Program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.

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Admission Interview

For consideration of admission to the program, applicants that meet the admission requirements and have the highest academic performance within the pool of applicants will be invited for an interview. A panel comprised of members of Laurentian University, The Michener Institute and The Northeast Ontario Regional Cancer Centre communities will conduct the interviews. Applicants will be considered for admission according to their overall ranking (academics and interview).

The interviews are scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Laurentian University’s Sudbury Campus.

Interview invitations to the selected applicants will be sent to the email addresses provided by the applicants no later than Friday, February 13, 2015.

For additional information, please contact: LUradtherapy@michener.ca

What will I learn?

The professional Radiation Therapist combines an understanding and interest in physics, mathematics and medical science – specifically the study of cancer and its affect on the human body and psychology with empathy and excellent communication skills. At the end of the four years, students will graduate with the knowledge, skills, judgment and attitudes required to challenge the national certification exam and to enter practice as a radiation therapist.

The Bachelor of Science (Radiation Therapy) requires successful completion of 135 credits. Up to 30% of the courses in the program may be taken in French. Some courses must be taken during the spring / summer intersession; however, not all courses require on campus attendance.

The following is an example of the curriculum and is subject to revision.

Year One
  • Introductory Physics I or Physics for Life Sciences I
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II or Linear Algebra I
  • Introductory Physics II or Physics for the Life Sciences II
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology I
  • Elective from the Radiation Therapy Program Electives List
Year Two
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Bioethics:  Case Studies
  • Forensic Anatomy of the Human Skeleton
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Physics of Medical Imaging
  • Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
  • Physics of Radiation Therapy
  • Sectional Anatomy
  • Patient Care I (Intro to Patient Care in Radiation Therapy)
  • Health Care Systems
  • Clinical Practicum I (4 week clinical placement)
  • Introduction to Pathophysiology
Year Three
  • Clinical Oncology I
  • Clinical Oncology II
  • Treatment Planning I
  • Treatment Planning II
  • Medical Ecology & Public Health or Medical Anthropology
  • Patient Care II (Patient Care in Radiation Therapy)
  • Clinical Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Radiation Therapy Technique I
  • Radiation Therapy Technique II
  • Elective from the Radiation Therapy Program Electives List
  • Clinical Practicum II
Year Four
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • Clinical Practicum IV
  • Research Project

 

Radiation Therapy Electives List

A total of 6 credits of electives selected from the approved Radiation Therapy Electives list must be taken during the program. The Radiation Therapy Electives list includes a variety of courses in Anthropology, Biology, Physics, Humanities and other disciplines and is updated periodically to reflect new courses as they become available.

Sample approved elective courses (this list is subject to revision):

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring for the Elderly in Canada
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Business Communication
  • Aboriginal Health & Wellness
  • The Aging Body
  • Food and Nutrition in Later Life
  • Ethnomedicine: Cross Cultural Healing

Clinical Education

Total Length:  46 weeks

  • 4 weeks at the end of Year 2
  • 42 weeks starting at the end of Year 3 and continuing into Year 4

At the end of the second year of the program, you will be placed in an affiliated clinical site for a four-week period in May. In the third year of the program, you will be placed at the same site for twelve weeks from June to August. In your fourth year, you will continue at the same site for the full 30 week academic year.

As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals, in Ontario and other provinces. Working closely under the supervision of Radiation Therapists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

Clinical partner sites and number of student placement allocations at each site are subject to change and are confirmed at the time of your placement.  Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement.

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy program is a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited program.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards (CMA).

Graduating from an accredited program means that:

  • your education has met national standards
  • your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
  • your education is relevant to current medical practice
  • you have access to professional registration
  • you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
  • your education is recognized by employers and the public
  • you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner

Scholarships

Students enrolled in the Michener/Laurentian Radiation Therapy Program are eligible for scholorships and bursaries from Laurentian University and the Department of Physics.

Visit Laurentian's Scholarship and Bursaries Site or contact the Department of Physics at 705-675-1151, ext. 2220.

 

Testimonials

"The Michener/Laurentian program provided me with a chance to leave home to experience university education and lifestyle. Besides the small class sizes and becoming well acquainted with my professors, the clinical experience is invaluable as you are able to see what your future will be like, while learning things outside a typical textbook!"

Katelyn Bignell, Class 2015