Full-time Bachelor of Science 8650bsc

Overview

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

BCIT Radiation Therapy Bachelor of Science is the only program of its kind in BC. We pair cutting edge technology with peer and mentorship support so you are well prepared to look for work once you graduate.

Working with people in various stages of cancer, radiation therapists become a main source of support and comfort for patients and families. Our graduates are trained to be technically skilled and to offer the best patient care possible.

About the program

  • Full-time, 33-month Bachelor of Science program
  • Small class sizes provide you with personalized learning
  • Lectures and labs deliver a solid theory knowledge
  • Two clinical experiences at different cancer centres provide diverse learning opportunities

Our faculty is known for its commitment to student learning. Visit Program Details to find out more about studying radiation therapy.

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Enjoy working directly with patients and want to offer a high level of care
  • Are detail-oriented and express good judgment
  • Have a blend of strong computer and communication skills
  • Have one year or more of post-secondary education

Radiation therapy is an integral part of a cancer patient's care team. Visit Program Entry to find out if this program is right for you.

What graduates can do

Our graduates can get certified and work anywhere in the world. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about a future in radiation therapy.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to March 1st*.

*or next business day

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Biology: one of the following (or equivalent*), completed within the past 5 years:
    • Biology 12 (73%), or
    • BHSC 0100 - Human Biology (73%), or
    • BHSC 0012 - Biology 12 Challenge Exam (73%)

  • Physics 12 (67%)

  • Post-secondary: One year of university level academics (30 credits) with a minimum grade of 60% in each of the following:
    • 6.0 credits math (preferably calculus-based)
    • 6.0 credits physics
    • 3.0 credits English (preferably composition based)
    • 6.0 credits general education (also called liberal studies)
    • Further biology credits are an asset but not required

  • Letter of reference describing your volunteer experience and confirming your hours from your volunteer organization**

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

*Biology: BCIT assesses, on an individual basis, the acceptability of biology prerequisites for applicants who have successfully completed human biology courses at a post-secondary level. The human biology equivalent courses must include cytology and the structure and function of the following organ systems: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, renal/urinary and reproductive. Biology courses must have been successfully completed within the past five years and meet the percentage grade required for this program.

**Volunteer experience: Candidates must show a commitment to patient care by completing a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work in a hospital or care facility -or- by having previous work experience in healthcare or other equivalent experience. Examples of relevant volunteer experience include: senior care homes, community centers (dealing with clients with special needs), hospitals, medical clinics, children's camps, rehabilitation centers, etc. Relevant volunteer experience includes frequent, personal interactions with clients or patients requiring special attention.

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI)

During this process, applicants will be assessed by program staff for their suitability for the program and this profession.

In order to prepare for their interview, applicants are advised to conduct their own research on the profession.

Note:

  1. Interviews are usually held in January, February and March.
  2. The Radiation Therapy program may share the MMI process with Medical Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Nuclear Medicine programs; applicants are only eligible for one MMI. The results of the MMI will be transferred between programs if the application is transferred. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the program they are transferring their applications to.

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT you will be notified through myCommunication and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

Face respirator fit testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum and should be done in August or September, once accepted into the program. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum. The BCIT Student Association also conducts fit testing for Health Science students. Applicants accepted into the program may wish to wait until the program starts and dates are provided for fit testing through the Student Association.

For the respirator fit testing, testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit testing must also include inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

Recommended for success

  • Basic keyboarding and computer skills

Apply to program

The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 5:  $800
Level 6:  $600
Level 8:  $400
Level 9:  $200

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Face respirator fit testing: approximately $25 per year, annual re-fitting required.

CPR certification: approximately $150-200 (certification valid 3 years)

BCIT requires students to pay for transportation and parking costs during clinical experience scheduled at the Vancouver, Fraser Valley (Surrey) or Abbotsford Cancer Centres. Students may also be required to obtain clinical experience in Victoria at their own expense.

In order to become a registered radiation therapist in Canada, students are required to write the certification exams after successfully graduating.

Cost to write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exams is CAD $800 (subject to change).

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Effective September 2013:

Program matrix

Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 5101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 5.5
  COMM 5105 Communication 1 for Radiation Therapy 2.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  NURS 5102 Patient Care 3.5
  PHYS 5103 Physics for Radiation Therapy 1 4.5
  RADT 5001 Clinical Orientation 1.5
  RADT 5104 Radiation Therapy 1 3.5
  RADT 5105 Treatment Planning 1 3.0
 
Level 6A (16 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 5102 Applied Social Science 1 3.0
  BHSC 6101 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4.0
  BHSC 6103 Pathology 3.0
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  MATH 6105 Statistics and Research Methodology for Radiation Therapy 3.0
  PHYS 6104 Physics for Radiation Therapy 2 5.5
  RADT 6102 Radiation Therapy & Safety 4.0
  RADT 6105 Treatment Planning 2 3.0
 
Level 6B (4 weeks) Credits
  RADT 6101 Clinical Sim Lab* 6.5
 
Level 7 (20 weeks) Credits
  RADT 7101 Clinical Experience 1* 30.0
 
Level 8A (16 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 6102 Applied Social Science 2 4.0
  RADT 6109 Project Research 1 4.0
  RADT 7105 Treatment Planning 3 5.5
  RADT 8106 Radiobiology 2.0
  RADT 8110 Radiation Oncology Practice 1 4.0
  RADT 8120 Radiation Oncology Practice 2 4.0
 
Level 8B (12 weeks) Credits
  RADT 8101 Clinical Experience 2* 18.0
 
Level 9 (15 Weeks) Credits
  COMM 6105 Communication 2 for Radiation Therapy 2.0
  LIBS 7021 Health Ethics 3.0
  MIMG 6106 Imaging Technology: CT/MR/PACS 2.0
  RADT 7109 Research Project 2 3.0
  RADT 8105 Treatment Planning 4 6.0
  RADT 8116 Care of Oncology Patient 3.0
  RADT 8250 Total Quality Management 3.0
 
Level 10 (18 weeks) Credits
  RADT 8201 Clinical Experience 3* 25.5
* BCIT may require students to be assigned to any of the available clinical sites to gain the required competencies and experience.

General Education / Liberal Studies Electives: (6.0 credits):
In addition to LIBS 7001 and LIBS 7021 all students will be required to achieve or transfer acceptable courses for an additional 6.0 credits of General Education or Liberal Studies in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.

 
Total Credits: 186.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Radiation Therapy Technology degree program is structured to provide the required academic portion of courses delivered at BCIT and also clinical experience scheduled at BC Cancer Agency treatment centres.

A patient with cancer can be treated with three main modalities: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Radiation therapy may be used alone or with surgery and chemotherapy. Treatment can often cure the patient or offer palliation by increasing quality of life. The radiation therapist (RTT) is a health-care professional responsible for delivering a therapeutic dose of ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer. As an RTT you will work within a team of other health-care professionals including radiation oncologists, medical physicists, nurses, nutritionists, and other allied health professionals.

The field of radiation therapy is exciting and challenging, and one that continually evolves to create better ways to treat patients. As an RTT you will be involved in using advanced computer software for treatment planning, CT scanners and MRI for identifying critical structures, and state-of-the-art high energy linear accelerator equipment to deliver treatment.

You should have a strong aptitude for physics and math, and a desire for a challenging and rewarding career.

Watch this video to learn more about the virtual technology the Radiation Therapy students use.

Program length

33 months, full-time

Vacation breaks include approximately:

  • 2–3 weeks in December/January for Christmas and New Years
  • 8 weeks in May/June (1st year students)
  • 4 weeks in August (2nd year students)

Grading

All didactic courses have a pass mark of 60% unless otherwise indicated. All clinical experience has satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association Conjoint Committee for accreditation.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates are ready

Radiation therapists use innovative computer software and sophisticated equipment to treat cancer patients. Their work makes a meaningful difference for patients and their families. The BCIT Bachelor of Science in radiation therapy program ensures that you graduate as a fully competent radiation therapist, prepared to deliver accurate treatment and a high standard of patient care.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit the CAMRT national certification exam. Certification through the CAMRT is required to work as a radiation therapist in Canada.

Career opportunities

Graduates work in a team of healthcare professionals including radiation oncologists, nurses, and nutritionists to support cancer patients during their treatment. Entry-level radiation therapist positions start with casual employment in hospitals. Full-time salaries start at approximately $58,000 annually.

Graduates can work in many countries. While some go overseas, many seek work at one of these six BC Cancer Agency radiation therapy departments.

Want to know more about the work we do? Visit the Health Science Association.

Professional associations

Graduates of the BCIT program are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy and are eligible to take the National certification examinations set by the CAMRT. Successful candidates may use the designation Registered Technologist Radiation Therapy (RTT) and work as registered radiation therapists anywhere in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Clinical Educators (BCCA)
  • Luminita Nica
  • Jenny Soo
  • Alison Giddings
  • Sarah Kristensen
  • Ben Lee
  • Gillian Long
  • Jor Singh
  • Veronica Patenaude
  • Kelly Earnshaw
Student clinical education is supported by preceptors, radiation therapists, medical physicists, physics assistants, radiation oncologists and other healthcare professionals.

Faculty (BCIT)

Advisory committee

  • Amanda Bolderston, BC Cancer Agency - Fraser Valley Centre
  • Tammy Currie, BCCA, Abbotsford
  • Craig ELith, BCCA, Fraser Valley
  • Dr. Brad Gill, BCCA, Vancouver Centre
  • Darlene Hyde, BC Assn of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Brigit Jensen, BCCA, Vancouver Island Centre
  • Para Kouhestani, BCCA, Abbotsford Centre
  • Gillian Long, BCCA, Abbotsford
  • Nancy Saunders, BCCA, Victoria
  • Dr. Devin Schellenberg, BCCA, Abbotsford
  • Allison Walter, BCCA Vancouver Centre
  • Rainbow Yu, BCCA, Abbotsford

Contact Us

Lorraine Clarke Roe, AC(T), M.Ed
Program Head
Tel: 604-451-6923
Email: Lorraine_Clarke-Roe@bcit.ca

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Testimonial

Radiation therapy is a fast paced challenging environment. It is an area that is constantly changing and evolving as technology and treatment techniques improve year after year...It's a pursuit where you can feel every day that you made a difference in someone's life, helping them through a difficult time, giving them the hope of beating [cancer].
> Mike Johnston, radiation therapist, Vancouver