Radiation Therapist

Definition

  • Radiation Therapists are responsible for the planning and delivery of radiation treatment, primarily for people diagnosed with cancer. Radiation Therapists create and evaluate images for the localisation, planning and delivery of radiation treatment according to the prescription of the Radiation Oncologist. 
  • Radiation Therapists provide specific care to patients throughout the course of their treatment and educate patients on the management of any treatment related side-effects. 
  • Radiation Therapists competencies include but are not limited to patient care, treatment design and delivery, radiation safety, clinical and organisational responsibility for the planning and treatment, and quality assurance

Qualifications

New Zealand Qualifications

 The Board has accredited one New Zealand undergraduate qualification for the purpose of registration as a Radiation Therapist:

  • Bachelor of Radiation Therapy issued by the University of Otago.

Overseas Qualifications

The Board has approved a number of non-New Zealand qualifications as being substantially equivalent to the accredited qualifications.

List of non-New Zealand qualifications approved as being substantially equivalent.

Required Experience

In addition to holding a relevant undergraduate qualification, you must also be able to provide evidence that you have a minimum of 3360 hours of clinical experience in the relevant scope of practice you are applying for registration in.