The Bachelor of Radiation Sciences combines scientific and technical knowledge with studies in health and patient care. Radiation therapy uses ionising radiation for the treatment of cancer and benign conditions. Topics covered include radiation physics and instrumentation, radiobiology, imaging anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, oncology, radiation therapy, cancer management strategies, general radiography, medical ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Beginner-level clinical skills are developed in radiation therapy planning, radiation therapy treatment, and patient care and management. Psychology, medico-legal and ethical aspects of health care, cultural and communicative competence, and occupational health and safety are also addressed.
Undergraduate - Course
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.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
3 years FT, 6 years PT
Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Students are required to study some units at Caulfield campus.
Bachelor of Radiation Sciences
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 (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts underpinning radiation physics and including digital image processing, magnetic resonance imaging and medical ultrasound
- apply knowledge of the biological consequences of ionising and non-ionising radiation and scientific principles informing radiation dosimetry and radiation safety to the radiation therapy professional context
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding at the beginner level of practice the protocols and techniques associated with radiation treatment and planning processes
- synthesise knowledge of the practice of general radiography, medical ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging for application in the field of radiation therapy practice
- identify relevant aspects of the theories informing the psychosocial basis of illness and disease for application in radiation therapy practice across diverse clinical contexts
- apply knowledge of imaging anatomy, human health, disease and promotion in the radiation therapy professional context
- critically apply ethical concepts and knowledge of the Australian health system and medico- legal framework to the practice of radiation therapy
- collect, organise, analyse, interpret and report health data
- communicate effectively with patients and the inter-professional team using a variety of formats
- exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.
You must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation.
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 requirements
In accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, this course requires that you comply with the faculty's Immunisation and vaccination policy and proceduresImmunisation and vaccination policy and procedures (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisation/). These are designed to provide maximum protection against the increased risk of some vaccine preventable diseases for students, patients and workers in a health care setting.
This policy, and the associated procedures require that you have certain specified vaccinations, and have you blood borne virus status determined, before they commence a clinical placement. If you have not complied with this policy you may not be able to undertake clinical placement, with the attendant academic consequences.
Prospective students are provided detailed information on the effect of blood borne virus infection on the scope of practice of health care workers. If you test positive to a blood borne virus (including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) you will be required to consult a specialist medical practitioner approved by the faculty to provide advice on any necessary restrictions on work practices to protect patients and others from infection.
The course develops through four themes of: personal and professional development; population, communities, health and illness; the scientific basis of health care; and applied practice.
Part A. Personal and professional development
These studies will develop your understanding of the roles, responsibilities and expectations of health professionals and the personal and professional attributes you will need in the workplace. These include communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, critical thinking, ethical and legal issues, and reflective practice. You will also learn about research methodologies and the application of research to the field of health.
Part B. Population, communities, health and illness
The focus of these studies is the social, environmental and behavioural contexts of ill health, disease and injury and broad societal issues such as health promotion, the application of epidemiology and statistics in the assessment of health risk in populations, public health, community diversity, population and global health. You will also develop a sound understanding of evidence-based practice.
Part C. Scientific basis of health care practice
These studies provide the foundation scientific knowledge of human systems and technology that you will require to become an expert in the field of radiation sciences. This will include physical, biomedical, mathematical and behavioural sciences.
Part D. Professional practice skills
This theme addresses competencies for the radiation sciences. The focus will be on the incorporation of the best available research evidence with the clinical reasoning skills of assessment, management, evaluation and health care across the lifespan and across a spectrum of environments and circumstances.
This course comprises 144 points, of which 48 points are foundation study and 96 points are from radiation sciences study.
The course develops through theme studies in: Part A. Personal and professional development; Part B. Population, communities, health and illness; Part C. Scientific basis of health care; and Part D. Professional practice skills.
The course progression map will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are six points unless otherwise stated.
Foundation Studies (48 points)
You must complete:
- Foundation of anatomy and physiology for health practice 1*
- Foundations of anatomy and physiology for health practice 2*
- Digital futures: IT shaping society
- FIT3180 Data management for health informatics
- Introduction to research and evidence
- Foundations of epidemiology*
- The Australian healthcare system*
- Functions and their applications (students who have completed maths methods in high school are not required to undertake this unit and can select an elective)
* These units are offered at Caulfield campus.
Radiation sciences studies (96 points)
- Medical radiation science: Physical principles
- Medical imaging science: Radiographic principles
- Medical imaging anatomy
- Medical imaging science: Nuclear medicine
- Pathophysiology for medical radiation science 1
- Medical radiation science: Professional skills 1
- Pathophysiology for medical radiation science 2
- Medical radiation science: Professional skills 2
- Medical imaging science: Computed tomography and digital image processing
- Medical imaging science (ultrasound)
- Magnetic resonance imaging: Physics, instrumentation and safety
- Fundamentals of cancer and its management
- Radiation therapy science 1
- Radiation therapy science 3
- Radiation therapy principles and practice 1
- Radiation therapy principles and practice 2
Progression to further studies
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Radiation Sciences are eligible to apply for admission to M6012 Master of Social Work and M6004 Master of Radiation Therapy. A credit average is required for entry into the Master of Radiation Therapy.
Students graduating with the Bachelor of Radiation Sciences and admitted to the Master of Radiation Therapy will be eligible to receive 24 points of credit towards it. Upon successful completion of the masters, they will be eligible for general registration as a radiation therapist from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.