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Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy degree?

Why take the BSc in Radiation Therapy program?

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program combines theoretical knowledge, clinical experience and the latest technology to prepare you for a constantly evolving and rewarding career as a radiation therapist.

Areas of study include cancer biology, radiation oncology, clinical management of patients with cancer, medical physics, treatment planning, radiobiology, cross-sectional anatomy, radiation safety and protection, and research.

Clinical practicums include patient interactions and care, physical assessment, and clinical aspects of treatment delivery.

This four-year program includes one year of pre-professional study and three years within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Possible Careers

  • Radiation Therapist

Britny, from Red Deer, became inspired to pursue a career in Oncology after a close family member became ill. She is one of the first graduates of the University of Alberta's newly created Radiation Therapy program.

Non-Direct Entry

This program does not allow admission directly from high school. See requirements below for more details.

Important information about admission to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

There is no direct entry from high school into the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program. Students must first complete university level courses in English, Physics, Psychology and/or Sociology, Calculus, Cell Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Statistics.

Preference will be given to Alberta students, however, applicants from other provinces may also be considered.

For more information on the admission requirements for the Radiation Therapy program, see Radiation Therapy at the University of Alberta Calendar website.

Alberta Grade 12 Preparation: It is recommended that students have the following Grade 12 subjects in order to complete the prerequisites: English Language Arts 30-1; Biology 30; Chemistry 30; Mathematics 30-1; Physics 30.

Pre-professional Study Time: Those wanting to enroll in the BSc Radiation Therapy program must complete pre-professional requirements before applying for admission to the Faculty. A minimum of ★30 are required. (★=units of course weight).

  1. English (★3)
  2. Statistics (★3)
  3. Physics (★6)★
  4. Psychology and/or Sociology (★6 in any combination)
  5. Mathematics (Calculus) (★3)
  6. Cell Biology (★3)
  7. General Chemistry (★3)
  8. Organic Chemistry (★3)

Additional Requirements:

  1. Spoken English language proficiency 
  2. Career Reflection Letter: Applicants must submit a career reflection letter by April 1, outlining evidence of personal reflection regarding their career choice, professional goals, personal skills and attributes, knowledge of the profession, related experience, and reasons for seeking admission to the Radiation Therapy program.
  3. Personal Interview: Interview selection is based on postsecondary academic records and the Career Reflection Letter. Selected applicants will be interviewed to determine if they have the personal qualities necessary for the profession. The interview evaluates an applicant’s communication, professionalism, decision-making, teamwork, conflict resolution, responsibility, initiative, problem-solving, prioritization, and organization. Short-listed applicants will be advised of the interview date.
  4. Police Information Check: Applicants should be aware that under the Alberta Protection of People in Care Act, they will be required to satisfy a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check once they are accepted into the Radiation Therapy program.
  5. Technical standards self-assessment requirement: Applicants are asked to review the Radiation Therapy Program Technical Standards Self-Assessment and Details document and complete the questionnaire contained in Appendix A of the document

Admission Selection: The Radiation Therapy program has a quota of 15 students. Please note that this is a competitive program, and meeting requirements does not guarantee entrance.

For more information on the admission requirements for the Radiation Therapy program, see Radiation Therapy at the University of Alberta Calendar website.


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