Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
- Duration of Programme
- Full-time: Minimum 4 years and Maximum 6 years
- NQF Level 8, 480 Credits
- Work integrated learning (WIL) is incorporated into the employment contract with the respective clinical training centre.
The purpose of the qualification is to develop a professional radiation therapist who is competent in the knowledge and skills required for Radiation Therapy and has gained experience in applying such knowledge and skills in accredited workplaces. Successful completion of this qualification will entitle the student to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Radiation Therapist.
After completion of the programme, the student will be able to:
1. Apply the principles of human rights, ethics and relevant medical law which ensure the well-being of the patient.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding and application of quality assurance and radiation protection in a Radiation Therapy division.
3. Apply scientific knowledge and technical skills to perform radiation oncology laboratory techniques and procedures.
4. Perform radiotherapy procedures competently to ensure optimal radiation localization and immobilization for radiation treatment.
5. Perform radiotherapy procedures competently to ensure optimal treatment planning.
6. Apply scientific knowledge and professional skills to perform therapeutic
procedures for accurate delivery of the radiation treatment prescribed.
7. Plan, develop and apply total quality management appropriate to the radiation therapy context.
8. Demonstrate research skills and foster a research climate in radiation therapy.
9. Apply the principles, specific knowledge, skills and values related to the chosen elective subject.
Rules of Access and Admission Requirements
A Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard as determined by a Faculty Status Committee, with the following Subjects:
• Mathematics with a Higher Grade D or Standard Grade C symbol.
• Physical Science with a Higher Grade D or Standard Grade C symbol.
• Biology with a Higher Grade C or Standard Grade B symbol or,
• Physiology with a Higher Grade C or Standard Grade B symbol.
A National Senior Certificate – APS Score with minimum requirements as shown below:
(Exclude Life Orientation when calculating APS) Minimum APS: 31
Language of teaching and Learning (English): 5
Mathematical Literacy: Not Accepted
Physical Sciences: 4
Life Sciences: 5
Selection will be based on:
• Academic merits.
• Clinical placement in a Health Professional Council of South Africa accredited clinical training site.
1. Students retain credits for all modules passed except where requirement 2 applies;
2. If a student fails any module in any level of study, he/she forfeits the credits for the Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice Module for that level of study but retain credits for all other modules passed.
3. Students may enrol for a module in the following year of study provided that they have passed the prerequisite module/s.
4. Students may not register for module combinations that lead to timetable clashes.
The Department will make the final decision as to the modules for which the student may register.
5. Students are promoted:
5.1 to the second year of study if they have passed all the first-year modules.
5.2 to the third year of study if they have passed all the second-year modules.
5.3 to the fourth year of study if they have passed all the third-year modules.
6. To be admitted to any module in the second or third academic year of study, and progress to the following year of study, students must have passed at least 60% of the modules in the previous year of study.
7. Students must pass at least 3 out of the 7 modules in the first year of study in order to qualify for readmission to the first year of study.
8. A range of assessment strategies and weightings, as laid out in the relevant module’s learning guide, explains the continuous assessment criteria specified for promotion to the next year of study.
Specific Rules and Regulations for Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Students
1. Students must familiarize themselves with the internal rules and regulations of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. These rules and regulations, as set out in the Departmental policy document, are binding.
2. The programme is not offered as a limited contact or distance learning programme. Students who elect to leave the country will be unable to continue with their studies.
3. All students are required to complete a minimum number of clinical hours/ competencies as stipulated by the HPCSA at the time.