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.
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
- Clinical experiences at two different provincial 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 Entrance Requirements to find out if this program is right for you.
What graduates can do
Students are provided the opportunity to acquire all the skills and behaviors required in the CAMRT national competency profile for Radiation Therapy. Graduates leave the program fully prepared to write the CAMRT national certification exam that qualifies them to work. See Graduating and Jobs for more career information.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
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.
Learn more about the virtual technology that the Radiation Therapy students use:
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.
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 $93,000 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.
More about Lorraine Clarke-Roe
Lorraine trained in radiation therapy at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. After graduating, she moved to the west coast to start work at the Vancouver Cancer Center. It was during this time that she began to have an interest in becoming a clinical/didactic instructor for the student program which used to be in-house.
Further education and a continued focus on education, led to completing the Advanced Certificate in Radiation Therapy and a Master’s degree in Education from SFU. When the training program moved to BCIT in 2001, Lorraine also moved from the clinical department to assume the role of program head.
Over the last 20+ years, the program has undergone many changes in the both the credential and to the inclusion of advanced educational technology to assist students in developing competency in radiation therapy. Lorraine continues in the role of program head but looks forward to spending more time gardening, hiking, and travelling in the future.
Maryna von Aulock
RT(T), B.Ed, MSc
More about Maryna von Aulock
Maryna von Aulock has over 12 years’ experience as a clinical radiotherapist in Cape Town where she received her qualifications from Groote Schuur Hospital. Maryna is a certified member of CAMRT and has been a faculty member in the Radiation Therapy Program at BCIT since 2009.
Maryna holds degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, for Advanced Teaching, a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of South Africa, and a Master’s Degree majoring in Brain Compatible Learning from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Her teaching philosophy aspires to create student-centered learning environments in which the student is in the driver’s seat of their own learning. She encourages students to walk into the classroom with a positive attitude towards learning, knowing that the best classes occur when students know that they are expected to do their best each and every day.
When not in the classroom, Maryna enjoys ceramic painting and watercolour painting.
RT(T), RTMR, B.MRSc.
More about Jake Kempt
Jake graduated from the radiation therapy program at McMaster University in 2016. In addition to his degree in radiation therapy he holds an advanced certificate in MR imaging from BCIT which has allowed him to become a dual certified technologist with the CAMRT.
Jake started his radiation therapy career in Calgary, AB and eventually moved to Vancouver where he took a position as a casual radiation therapist. During this time Jake also worked as a casual MR technologist at the BC Children’s Hospital MRI research facility. When he is not teaching, Jake continues to pick up shifts at BC Cancer Vancouver.
Outside of the classroom Jake enjoys good food, music and getting outside.
More about Brynn Tomie
Brynn graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and from BCIT in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Radiation Therapy. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Science in Health Science Education from McMaster University.
Brynn has worked for three years as a radiation therapist at BC Cancer Vancouver. During that time she spent four months as a peer mentor for the CST Cerner project at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Brynn is still working as a casual radiation therapist to stay relevant in the field. She has held many jobs throughout her university years. When she attended BCIT, she worked at the gym in the weight room and was an intramural scorekeeper.
Brynn joined the Radiation Therapy faculty with the hopes of sharing her own education and work experience with current students to help ease their journeys. She spends most of her free time travelling, camping and exploring BC in her campervan.
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