The students will complete 36 weeks of clinical practicum as they progress through the program. These clinical components have been designed to bridge academic theory and practice, allowing students to develop essential hands-on skills in a real-life context.
Students are immersed in a health care role where they foster core skill sets to become practice-ready radiation therapy practitioners.
Clinical faculty members are present at each site to guide students’ learning and support them through their entire clinical journey. The process brings students’ performance to an advanced level and prepares them to successfully challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) professional licensing exam.
At the end of Year 2, students are placed at an affiliated Alberta Health Services clinical site for Clinical Practicum I (RADTH 260), where they work with radiation therapists and clinical faculty members.
The main focus of this practicum is to learn basic clinical skills and gain a greater understanding of a patient’s journey through oncology.
RADTH 260: Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum I (May - June, Year 2)
This clinical course provides an introduction to the patient experience through the radiation therapy planning and treatment trajectory. It enables and requires introductory participation in a variety of clinical environments.
At the end of Year 3, Clinical Simulation (RADTH 360) then further develops students’ acquired clinical skills from the first practicum, in a focused and controlled learning environment.
RADTH 360: Clinical Simulation (Spring, Year 3)
This clinical course facilitates the integration and application of course work in a simulated clinical setting; the transfer of skills/knowledge from site to site or procedure to procedure; confidence-building in a safe practice environment; self-evaluation, and the development of professional and ethical behaviours.
The application of treatment-planning concepts will also be a focus.
Students then complete Year 4 with Clinical Practicums II (RADTH 460) & III (RADTH 461), each lasting four months.
These final-year practicums take students’ performance to an advanced level and prepares them to challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists licensing exam.
RADTH 460: Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum II (September - December, Year 4)
In this course, the progressive application and integration of knowledge gained from all academic courses, plus the skills attained in the simulation environment, are put into practice in the clinical environment.
Skills learned will enable the student to perform safe and accurate treatments and patient interactions under the supervision of qualified health care professionals.
RADTH 461: Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum III (January - April, Year 4)
In this clinical course, students demonstrate critical thinking, clinical reasoning, effective problem-solving and competent performance in all areas of entry-level radiation therapy practice.
Successful completion of all components is mandatory to be eligible to take the CAMRT national certification examination.
CLINICAL SITES IN ALBERTA:
• Cross Cancer Institute – Edmonton
• Tom Baker Cancer Centre – Calgary
Potential Future Sites:
• Central Alberta Cancer Centre – Red Deer
• Jack Addy Cancer Centre – Lethbridge
• Grande Prairie Cancer Centre – Grande Prairie