Master of Radiation Therapy - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

M6004

Credit points

72

Abbreviated title

MRadTher

Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Coordinator

Dr Caroline Wright

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

M6004 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT

Full-time study only.

You have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Clayton)

This course requires you to complete off-campus clinical placements.

Award

Master of Radiation Therapy

Notes

  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning and living outside of Australia may be eligible for this course.

Description

This course provides advanced knowledge and skills for graduates with a background in science or health care to obtain a professional entry level qualification to work in the field of radiation therapy.

It provides a professional qualification at a postgraduate level of study.

Employment opportunities for graduates exist in both public and private health sectors, in metropolitan and regional Australia. This is the only distance-learning graduate-entry radiation therapy program offered in Australia and it may be available for interstate students to study in their home state.

An integral component of the course is 57 weeks of clinical attachments completed over the two years.

Currently NSW clinical placement centres have a requirement that students undertaking clinical are from their state. This is a requirement as they are offering the clinical placements to be able to fill their future workforce. Without fulfilling these requirements we would not be able to offer these places to applicants. The current admissions process includes offering to applicants based on a ranking which combines their academic and Situational Judgement test. These rankings do not take into account clinical locations. We will adjust the offering of applicants by rank but taking into account the location of applicants and clinical placement requirements.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a mastery of medical radiations science knowledge and be able to reflect critically on the theory, practice and scholarship of radiation therapy
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts and principles underpinning medical radiations science practice including optimisation of equipment, quality assurance and the biological consequences of ionising and non-ionising medical radiations
  3. investigate, analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply this knowledge and understanding to radiation therapy practice
  4. assume the role of a qualified/accredited radiation therapist capable of independent and collaborative clinical decision making to perform the appropriate procedures to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury and to provide optimal patient care
  5. demonstrate and apply a knowledge of research principles, evidence based, reflective and ethical medical radiations science practice, as well as lifelong learning skills
  6. communicate knowledge, findings and rationale underpinning these to the professional and lay community clearly, ethically and unambiguously.

Special requirements

Before participating in a professional experience placement you must satisfy specific security checks and requirements.

You must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation. Refer to the faculty's additional enrolment requirementsadditional enrolment requirements (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/enrolments/additional-enrolment-tasks.html) webpage.

Police checks

You must have a current Police check regarding your suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty's police checkspolice checks (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/police-checks.html) webpage.

Working with Children checks

YOu must have a current Working with Children check regarding your suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty's Working With Children checksWorking With Children checks (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/wwc-check.html) webpage.

Immunisation and infection procedures

The faculty recommends that you accept responsibility for having up-to-date immunisations before commencing this course. Recommended immunisations include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.

Health requirements

Upon enrolment, you are provided with detailed written information and, as appropriate, counselling about the effect that HIV or hepatitis B infection may have on the ability of health care workers to practise their profession. It is recommended that you discuss any concerns with your doctor or the University Health Service.

Registration and English Language

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as radiation therapists with the Medical Radiation Practitioners Board of Australia (MRPBA).

Note: It is the responsibility of graduates to meet the English Language Policy promulgated by the MRPBA.

Fieldwork

The professional component of this course consists of a total of 57 weeks over the two years.

Clinical expenses

You are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement. Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and you will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

You may be eligible to receive a scholarship, grant or payment from clinical centres during the course. If you enter into such agreements or contracts with clinical centres, you do so outside any academic course requirements and any such arrangements are between you and the clinical centres.

Professional recognition

The accreditation of this course with its previous title, the Master of Medical Radiations (Radiation Therapy) transitioned across when the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia was created in July 2012. The Master of Radiation Therapy is scheduled to be assessed by the Accreditation Committee of the Board in 2017. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for general (full) registration as a radiation therapist from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (subject to English language requirements).

You will be registered as student practitioners with the Medical Radiations Practice Board through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Structure

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Advanced foundations for radiation therapy and professional practice, Part B. Evidence-based radiation therapy and perspectives on professional practice, and Part C. Applied radiation therapy practice.

Part A: Advanced foundations for radiation therapy and professional practice

These studies will provide you with an orientation to the field of radiation therapy at advanced undergraduate level. You examine the foundational sciences underpinning medical radiation science, such as physics, radiobiology and dosimetry. These units also introduce you to anatomy, patho-physiology, oncology and radiation therapy planning, treatment and patient care. An introduction to the practice of radiation therapy and aspects of your knowledge of the skills required for professional practice within the Australian health care system are also provided.

Part B: Evidence-based radiation therapy and perspectives of professional practice

These studies will provide you with knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice. You will acquire knowledge of medico-legal and ethical issues related to radiation therapy and oncology, and the impact of cancer on patients' psychological well-being. The units also continue to build on your knowledge of working as a professional in the Australian health care system. Your knowledge of the applications of advanced skills will be further developed with respect to radiation therapy planning, treatment, imaging and patient care in different contexts.

Part C: Applied radiation therapy practice

The professional experience placements will enable you to connect the theoretical components of your course with the practical aspects of health care under the valuable guidance of practitioners.

Requirements

The course requires the completion of 72 points including Part A. Advanced foundations for medical radiations (24 points), Part B. Evidence-based radiation science, therapy planning and treatment (48 points), and Part C. Applied medical radiation practice (0 points).

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/maps/map-m6004.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Part A. Advanced foundations for radiation therapy and professional practice (24 points)

You must complete:

  • RTS4101 Radiation therapy science 1
  • RTS4102 Radiation therapy science 2 (12 points)
  • RTS4103 Radiation therapy science 3

Part B. Evidence-based radiation therapy and perspectives of professional practice (48 points)

You must complete:

  • RTS5110 Radiation therapy science and practice 1
  • RTS5101 Radiation therapy science 4
  • RTS5102 Radiation therapy science 5
  • RTS5103 Radiation therapy science 6 (12 points)
  • RTS5104 Radiation therapy science 7 (12 points)
  • RTS5105 Radiation therapy science 8

Part C. Applied radiation therapy practice (0 points)

You must complete three professional clinical experience placements:

  • RTS5120 Radiation therapy science and practice 2 (0 points)

The professional component of this course consists of a total of 57 weeks over the two years.

Please note: NSW clinical placements are only available to NSW residents.