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.
Our faculty is known for its commitment to student learning. Visit Program Details to find out more about studying radiation therapy.
This program is for individuals who:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch the Student Video.
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 $69,000 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.
Student clinical education is supported by preceptors, radiation therapists, medical physicists, physics assistants, radiation oncologists and other healthcare professionals.
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