Course Title: Transitioning to Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transitioning to Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice

Credit Points: 48.00

Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Experience in radiation therapy departments is vital to developing clinical competence. This course is designed to build on the experience gained in Supervised Clinical Practice to further develop your clinical and interpersonal skills. Continuing commitment to reflective practice will empower you to move towards autonomous learning. After completion of the course you should be able to perform the full range of clinical procedures as an independent radiation therapist within your scope of practice, and organise your clinical learning in relation to your future personal and professional development. This course is the final clinical course in the program, where both academic and clinical learning will be consolidated with the Viva Capstone Assessment

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)
  • Perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (1.i)
  • Perform ultrasound imaging (1.j)

Standard 1C

  • Perform localisation and pre-treatment imaging (1C.b)
  • Perform radiation therapy treatment according to approved radiation therapy prescriptions and treatment plans (1C.d)

Standard 2

  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)
  • Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (2.c)
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient/client when appropriate (2.d)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

Standard 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (5.b)
  • Maintain safety of the workplace and associated environments (5.d)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Perform a wide range of routine pre-treatment and treatment techniques as an independent radiation therapist within your scope of practice and assist with specialised/advanced techniques.
  2. Design and critically evaluate a wide range of basic to complex treatment plans.
  3. Demonstrate consistently high standards of professional behaviour and high level interpersonal and patient care skills, to meet the requirements of a medical radiations practitioner.
  4. Critically reflect on a wide range of key learning experiences, as well as your personal and professional development throughout the program.
  5. Develop a meaningful and effective action plan for future personal and professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that will include participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study, development of a reflective learning journal and participation in a clinical placement in an approved clinical department. This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Overview of Learning Resources

The main learning resource for the Radiation Therapy Practice Courses is the clinical department where you will be exposed to a huge range of learning opportunities. You will undertake supervised clinical experience over a period of 12 weeks per semester in an approved clinical department on a full-time basis. You will participate actively in a range of clinical procedures to help develop competence in supervised clinical practice. You will also be expected to interact with patients in order to develop your interpersonal and patient care skills. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course as well as identifying key learning opportunities and relating these to your development needs.

This course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment in order to share experience with your peers and demonstrate learning. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You may be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

The course requires you to engage with your e-portfolio. You are required to document reflections relating to your key learning experiences during your clinical placement and submit these to the course co-ordinator via release of your e-portfolio.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The course assessment tasks are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: WIL Placement (HURDLE Requirement)

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This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

You are required to demonstrate clinical skill and patient safety congruent to the level of a beginning medical radiations practitioner. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the interim assessment, remedial action using an at-risk learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the final assessment you will then be required to undertake a simulation assessment. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates an unsatisfactory/unsafe level of practice you receive an ‘NH’ fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates a satisfactory level and safe practice you will be offered an additional clinical placement as determined by the clinical coordinator

Assessment Task 2: MRPBA Portfolio

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This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: WIL Viva

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This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5