- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Year commenced: 2017
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Radiation Sciences
Bachelor of Radiation Sciences
“I was always interested in healthcare so it was just a matter of deciding which specific aspect I wanted to pursue. I looked into studying paramedicine and midwifery before deciding on radiation sciences. The mix of technology and healthcare, as well as the high level of patient interaction required of a radiation therapist, is what initially caught my attention. I jumped into the Bachelor of Radiation Sciences straight after Year 12 so I would be able to begin studying for my career as soon as possible.
I’ve loved learning about human anatomy and pathophysiology as well as how to read different imaging modalities. Exploring the different types of cancers and how they begin and spread is complex, but fascinating. Cancer is one disease that can take so many forms and present itself or affect patients so differently. It’s exciting to think about how much we have learnt over the past years.
One of my favourite experiences so far has been completing a two day clinical placement at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. This was a great way for me to see the theory we have been learning in class put into action in a real clinical setting. I shadowed practising radiation therapists and gained a much greater insight into the job of a radiation therapist that can’t be learnt in the classroom.
My Bachelor of Radiation Sciences degree will lead me into the Master of Radiation Therapy to become a registered radiation therapist. The theory I have learnt throughout my course and the skills I will learn from my rounds of clinical placement will prepare me for full-time work after University.
My advice to anyone considering studying radiation sciences is to get to know your peers! They are not only a great source of information as you can help each other with difficult concepts but I’ve also made some great friends over the years. It’s awesome to study alongside people who are just as interested in the topics as you are and these friends will end up being your work colleagues in the future.”