Bachelor in Medical Radiation Sciences & Diploma in Health Sciences
Consider a Career in Radiation Therapy
The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency has an agreement with the Michener Institute and the University of Toronto to financially sponsor selected Saskatchewan students for the Medical Radiation Sciences Program. Minimum requirements to be accepted into this three-year bachelor program are:
30 credits of undergraduate university classes with a minimum 2.7 GPA
3 credits in each of the following subjects: human biology, calculus based mathematics, physics and social science
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Financial Sponsorship and How to Apply
If applicants have been offered an interview by the MRS Radiation Therapy Program through Michener, appications to SCA for sponsorship are now being accepted.
Please refer to the website MRS Application Requirements, Deadlines and Procedures. Once offered an interview, Saskatchewan applicants are encouraged to apply for sponsorship from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
More information is available here: MRS Out-of-Province Opportunity.
Preference will be given to Saskatchewan students; however, applicants from other provinces may also be considered. This program is not available to international students.
What's it like for students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy program? Watch the video from a second-year student for some insight.
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Radiation therapists are extremely important members of the healthcare team, as they are involved in all aspects of treatment planning, delivery and care of cancer patients receiving radiation therapy.
What is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment, using radiation with a goal to either cure the patient or manage symptoms. Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells, stopping them from growing and dividing. External radiation uses focused beams of radiation to destroy tumours while minimizing harm to healthy tissues. Individuals may also have internal radiation therapy where radioactive material is implanted directly into or very near a tumour inside the patient.
Who Administers Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapists are important members of the healthcare team in treating cancer. They plan, deliver and provide care and education to people receiving radiation therapy.
What Duties does a Radiation Therapist Perform?
As members of a team of skilled professional healthcare providers, radiation therapists:
- assist radiation oncologists in the planning and delivery of treatment
- explain procedures and answer patients’ concerns and questions
- position the patient and equipment correctly
- ensure that proper radiation handling and protection techniques are followed
- administer radiation treatments, which include monitoring patients during procedures and providing advice on minimizing radiation reactions
- provide emotional support and patient education
- maintain patient records
Who Should Consider a Career In Radiation Therapy?
If you have a good background in the sciences, strong technical skills and the ability to work with care and precision, you should consider radiation therapy as a career. Patience, understanding and tolerance, as well as strong interpersonal and teamwork skills are important qualities to have.
Where Can I Find More Information?
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