2013-2014 University of Alberta Calendar Addendum Page

November 20, 2013

12.7 Admission and Readmission Deadlines

Medicine and Dentistry


Admission

Readmission

Other Requirements


Application

Documents

Application

Documents


BSc in Radiation Therapy

Fall Term

March 1

April 1 (see notes 1 and 2)

June 15 (see note 3)

March 1

April 1 (see notes 1 and 2)

June 15 (see note 3)

Career Reflection Letter April 1 (see 15.9.11), Interview

Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms: No admission or readmission

13.5.4 Deposits on Confirmation of Admission

    Upon notification of admission, successful applicants to certain programs are required to remit a nonrefundable deposit to the University to confirm their admission. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. The following undergraduate programs require a deposit:

    Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene

    Juris Doctor (JD)

    Doctor of Medicine (MD)

    Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

    Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

    Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

    Applicants should contact specific Faculties for more information about deposits, including specific amounts. Applicants who have paid an admission confirmation deposit are not required to pay an additional confirmation deposit upon registration (See 22.1.6)

15.9.10 Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Entrance Requirements

I.     Preprofessional Year

    Those wanting to enrol in the BSc Radiation Therapy program must complete a preprofessional year before applying for admission to the Faculty. The required courses or their transfer equivalents are available at various postsecondary institutions in Alberta. Preference will be give to Alberta applicants; however applicants from other provinces may also be considered. Students should, where possible, take the preprofessional requirements (equivalent to *30 at the University of Alberta) as one year of full-time study.

II.     Academic Requirements

    A minimum of *30 are required. The appropriate courses would include the following:

(1)

English (*3)

(2)

Human Anatomy (*3)

(3)

Physics (*6)

(4)

Psychology and/or Sociology (*6 in any combination)

(5)

Mathematics (Calculus) (*3)

(6)

Cell Biology (*

(7)

General Chemistry (*3)

(8)

Organic Chemistry (*3)

III.     Other Requirements

(1)

Selection Process: A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required in preprofessional course work. All preprofessional courses are prerequisites for senior courses, thus deficiencies would normally have to be made up. Deficiencies will be assessed and a plan of action will be identified by the Radiation Therapy program office. The selection process is competitive, and applicants will be ranked primarily on academic achievement in the prerequisite courses. Other factors considered in ranking include overall academic achievement (emphasizing recent academic performance), a demonstrated ability to perform well in a consecutive Fall/Winter session of full-time study (preferably 30 units). a personal interview, and a career reflection letter.

(2)

Spoken Language Requirement: Besides demonstrating overall English language proficiency, students need a further level of spoken English proficiency regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. (See 13.3).

(3)

Career Reflection Letter: Applicants must submit a career reflection letter 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. (See 12.7.)

(4)

Personal Interview: Interview selection is based on postsecondary academic records and a career reflection letter received by April 1 (see 12.7). Selected applicants will be interviewed to determine if they have the personal qualities necessary for the profession. The interview evaluates an applicant's empathy, communication, teamwork, reflection, conflict resolution, responsibility, initiative, problem-solving, prioritization and organization. Short-listed applicants will be advised of the interview date.

(5)

Criminal Record checks: Applicants should be aware that under the Alberta Protection of People in Care Act, they will be required to satisfy a criminal record check once they are accepted into the Radiation Therapy program (Refer to 23.8.3.)

(6)

Final Selection:Final admission decisions are made by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.

(7)

Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable deposit within a specified time. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration.

    Note: the following requirement applies to applicants beginning the program in 2015-2016.

(8)

Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for applications. A notarized copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status must be submitted with the application for admission.

IV.     Aboriginal Applicants

    The Department of Oncology will provide up to one position within the quota for the BSc Radiation Therapy program to Aboriginal applicants. Students of Aboriginal ancestry within the meaning of the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35, Part 2, or a person accepted by one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as a member of their community, will be considered in this category.

    Candidates will be subject to normal minimum admission requirements as outlined in 15.9.10 and approval by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. If there are no qualified Aboriginal applicants in any given year, the position will be allocated to the general applicant pool.

    Aboriginal applicants should contact the Department of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for career planning.

23.5.5 Reexaminations

(1)

Undergraduate students who have written and submitted a final examination may be considered for a reexamination provided the following conditions are met. Students in Medicine and Dentistry should consult 192.5.3. Reexaminations are not permitted for graduate students.

a.

The course was failed.

b.

The final examination is 40 percent or greater, as originally scheduled for the class as a whole.

c.

For a Fall Term course, the student achieved a Term Grade Point Average of 2.0 inclusive of the failed course. For Winter Term and Fall/Winter courses, a Fall/Winter GPA of 2.0 inclusive of the failed course.

d.

Students are advised that it may not be possible to make a ruling until all grades for a term or two-term period are recorded. Students for whom a term GPA cannot be computed at the end of the Fall Term will have to wait for the computation of a GPA following the Winter Term. In this case, the Application for Reexamination form should be left with the Faculty office for a later ruling. Faculty of Law students in the first and second year and all Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students will be considered for a reexamination on the basis of the computation of their Fall/Winter GPA.

(2)

Reexaminations are Not Permitted:

a.

For students who were granted a deferred final examination in accordance with 23.3(2) but did not write.

b.

Dentistry and Dental Hygiene students: In clinical and laboratory courses and for students repeating a year.

c.

Faculty of Nursing: For students who have failed the clinical/laboratory component of a Nursing course and for students repeating a year.

d.

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine: For students repeating courses at the undergraduate level.

e.

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

f.

Medical Students: For students repeating a year.

g.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: A student on probation is not allowed reexamination privileges.

h.

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry: Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy: for students who fail any clinical course in the Radiation Therapy program (113.2.6.)

112 General Information

    The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alberta was established in 1913 and until 1922 conducted a three-year undergraduate medical program in the basic medical sciences.

    In 1923, a full program of clinical instruction began, and the first Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees were awarded in 1925.

    Dental education was instituted at the University of Alberta in 1917 in the School of Dentistry under the Faculty of Medicine. The first full degree program was offered in 1923, and the first class graduated in 1927. The School became the Faculty of Dentistry in 1944. Dental Auxiliary training was instituted in 1961. In 1962, the School of Dental Hygiene came into being. A program of graduate studies was formally approved in 1962.

    In 1996, the Faculty of Dentistry was merged with the Faculty of Medicine to become the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

    All students attending the University of Alberta shall use Universal Precautions for blood, body fluids, and tissues at all times within the educational setting to lessen their risk of acquiring or transmitting bloodborne infection from/to another person. These precautions entail the avoidance of direct contact with the blood, blood products, tissues and other body fluids of another person.

    The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry conducts the following programs:

Medical Programs

(1)

A fully accredited four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. At least two pre-medical years at university are required before admission to this program.

(2)

A program whereby students in the MD program who fulfil specified requirements in research may receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine with Special Training in Research.

(3)

A four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, which may be entered after a preprofessional year.

(4)

A program whereby students in Medical Laboratory Science who fulfil specified requirements in research may receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science with Honors in Research.

(5)

A program whereby students in the MD Program who fulfil specified requirements may be awarded the Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the conclusion of their second year in the MD program.

(6)

A program whereby students in the Radiation Therapy Program who fulfil specified requirements may receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy.

(7)

At the graduate level, programs leading to the degree of Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. Also programs leading to the degree of Master of Public Health (formerly, Master of Health Service Administration) or the Diploma in Health Service Administration.

(8)

Programs leading to accreditation by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

(9)

Programs leading to eligibility for specialist qualification, in all clinical specialties, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are offered in cooperation with affiliated hospitals.

(10)

An extensive program of continuing medical education for physicians practising in northern Alberta.

(11)

A program whereby students obtain both the MD degree and PhD degree to prepare them for a career as a clinician-scientist.

    See 114 for details of programs of study.

(12)

A program of combined study which permits highly qualified students to earn both the MD and MBA degrees within five years.

112.2.8 Tom Baker Cancer Centre

    The Tom Baker Cancer Centre is a tertiary cancer facility operated by Alberta Health Services (AHS) (the provincial health authority for cancer) in Calgary that provides cancer services for southern Alberta and houses the Department of Oncology. The AHS and the University of Calgary conducts its cancer research and training programs through an affiliation agreement.

112.3.4 BSc in Radiation Therapy

    The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) is the organization that provides the national certification examination and competency profile. Students are eligible to access the CAMRT examination upon completion of all program requirements. Under the Alberta Health Professions Act, radiation therapists must be licensed by the regulatory college, Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) to practice in Alberta. The ACMDTT endorses the CAMRT national examination as the certifying examination.

    After successful completion of the CAMRT national certification examination, graduates are eligible to access the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination.

112.4.7 BSc in Radiation Therapy

    Tuition fees for the program can be found in 22.2. Note:The figures are based on 2012-2013; figures are subject to change without notice.

    National Certification Examination fees are payable to the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists at www.camrt.ca/certification/international/. It is mandatory that all students are student members of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) and must pay the student membership fee at www.acmdtt.com/Registration/StudentApplicants.aspx.

    Some remuneration is presently given to final year MD students by Alberta Health, Government of Alberta.

    Details of scholarships and other financial assistance for medical students are available in the Awards section of this Calendar or by contacting the MD Program Office, Admissions and Undergraduate Medical Education, 1-002 Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research; phone (780) 492-6350.

113.2.6 BSc Program in Radiation Therapy

    The following apply to students in the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy.

(1)

Grades

a.

The means of assessing a students progress and determining a students grades may vary from one course to another, according to the nature of the course. Factors other than examination results may be used to a variable extent by instructors in determining grades. Students are informed at the beginning of each course how grades are to be determined.

b.

Students must satisfactorily complete all components of all courses.

(2)

Promotion and/or Continuation

a.

Progression in the program is term by term. Accordingly, all students in a particular co-hort of the program normally should be registered in the same courses in each term (see 114.7.) Students will not normally register in any core (i.e., non-elective) courses from a particular term of the program until they have satisfactorily completed core courses from the previous term of the program.

b.

A student who is awarded First-Class Standing or Satisfactory Standing, as defined below, will normally qualify for promotion:

    First-Class Standing: Awarded to a student who obtains a GPA of 3.5 or above and passes all courses while enrolled in the full normal academic/clinical course load in that term.

    Satisfactory Standing: For promotion, a student must pass all courses and obtain a minimum GPA of 2.7 while enrolled in the full normal academic/clinical course load in that term.

c.

Conditional Standing: Conditional Standing will be assigned to a student who receives a grade of F, D, D+, C-, C, or C+ in any course within the program. A student who is assigned Conditional Standing will be placed on Academic Warning and must retake and pass the failed course. Other courses are to be taken, up to a normal course load, as scheduling permits and as approved by the Faculty.

    Students on Academic Warning as a result of acquiring Conditional Standing will clear their Academic Warning upon passing the repeated course and will qualify for promotion if they achieve Satisfactory Standing on the basis of all courses taken during the following term. Students who fail a course a second time will be required to withdraw from the program.

d.

Required to Withdraw: Any student who:

i)

fails more than one academic course per program year (program year includes Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms)

ii)

fails any clinical course;

iii)

is unable to obtain a minimum GPA of 2.7 in any term;

iv)

is unable to clear their Academic Warning status is required to withdraw from the program. Such students are not normally readmitted to the program.

e.

Probation: Students who have been required to withdraw and who have successfully appealed that decision will be placed on Probation and required to repeat the full program year.

    To clear probation and qualify for promotion, the student must achieve Satisfactory Standing in all terms during the probationary year. Students who fail to do so will be required to withdraw. Any student in a probationary year who fails a course in Fall Term will be required to withdraw immediately and subsequent registration will be cancelled.

    Only one year of probation is allowed while registered in the BSc in Radiation Therapy program.

(3)

Clinical Performance:

a.

A student who is absent more than two clinical days in any one clinical course may need to make up the lost time before being allowed to continue in the program.

b.

The Program Director, or designate acting on behalf of the Program Director, may immediately deny assignment of a student to, withdraw a student from, or vary terms, conditions or site of a practicum/clinical placement if the Program Director or designate has reasonable grounds to believe that this is necessary in order to protect the public interest. (See 23.8.2 Practicum Intervention Policy).

c.

All students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy program are bound by, and shall comply with the Professional Codes of Ethics governing the profession and practice of Radiation Therapy.

i)

Professional Codes of Ethics means the current Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT), and all other relevant professional codes and practice standards for Radiation Therapists.

ii)

It is the responsibility of each Radiation Therapy student to obtain, and be familiar with, such Professional Codes of Ethics and practice standards, and their amendments as may be made from time to time. (See 30.3.3 of the Code of Student Behaviour). Amendments to the Code of Student Behaviour occur throughout the year. The official version of the code of Student Behaviour, as amended from time to time, is housed on the University Governance website at www.governance.ualberta.ca.

(4)

Voluntary Withdrawal: A student in the Radiation Therapy Program wishing to temporarily withdraw is required to make written application to the Radiation Therapy Program Director, stating the reasons for withdrawal. Readmission to the Radiation Therapy Program following voluntary withdrawal will be based on the following:

a.

Review, by the Faculty of the reasons for withdrawal and the students academic record;

b.

Availability of a place, within quota, in the class to which the student is seeking readmission. Priority will be assigned in the following order: Students who have met normal promotion requirements.

    Faculty approved repeating students and students returning after voluntary withdrawal, in order of academic standing.

c.

The length of time the student interrupts studies leading to the Bachelors of Science in Radiation Therapy must not exceed one year in total.

(5)

Faculty Advisor: At the discretion of the Faculty, a Faculty advisor may be assigned to students having difficulty meeting promotion requirements. The method of assignment and the role of the Faculty advisor is determined by the Faculty.

(6)

Reexamination: See 23.5.5

a.

Reexamination is not permitted in clinical courses.

b.

Students who fail more than one academic course in any full program academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer Terms) are not allowed reexamination privileges.

c.

The Department of Oncology Education Committee must approve reexaminations.

d.

If a reexamination is approved, satisfactory completion of a remedial program may be required by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Academic Standing and Promotion Committee before the student is permitted to take the reexamination.

e.

Students are advised that it is not possible to make a ruling regarding remediation or reexamination until all grades for a term are received and recorded.

f.

The weight of reexamination is at least that of the final examination.

g.

The reexamination mark (as in the case of a deferred mark) will replace the original final exam mark.

h.

Any student who, after reexamination and/or evaluation fails to meet promotion/graduation requirements is deemed to have failed the year and will not be allowed to continue in the program.

i.

A student who does not take a reexamination within the time period prescribed by the Faculty will not be allowed to continue in the program.

(7)

Graduation:

a.

Academic Performance for Graduation: Students must achieve Satisfactory Academic Standing or First Class Standing in their final year of the program; successfully complete all program requirements; and present a graduation average of at least 2.7. The graduation average is a cumulative measure of a students grade points obtained while registered in the program in all years and terms, including Spring/Summer. It is the quotient of (a) the total number of grade points earned by a student in courses credited to the degree and (b) the total weight of those courses.

b.

The notation of With Distinction is awarded to a graduating student who has obtained an average GPA of 3.5 or higher and no failing grades over the entire program.

(8)

Clinical Placement Policies and Requirements: All students must comply with all Clinical Placement Policies and Requirements.

a.

Valid certification of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) at the Healthcare Provider Level and the Basic Life Support Training (Level C) is required and must be maintained throughout the program. A CPR-Healthcare Provider certificate is valid for one year from the date of the course. Evidence of recertification in each subsequent year is required.

b.

Health Status: All students admitted to the Radiation Therapy Program must be capable of completing the physical activities and responsibilities required in clinical simulation and clinical practice.

c.

Medical Testing and Immunization: To ensure, insofar as possible, both student and patient safety, the Faculty requires immunization against, or proof of immunity to, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B. As well varicella screening and a two-step tuberculin skin test in required in the first year of the program and should be performed by the University Health Centre. Requirements: See 113.2.6.

d.

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV): Hepatitis B antigen testing will be performed by the University Health Centre on all students after acceptance in to the program. Students who test negative for Hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg), Hepatitis B vaccination will be required. An exception will be made for those for whom is medically contraindicated or for those individuals who have proof of prior vaccination and test positive for antibody to Hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs). After vaccination, students will receive a second test to determine if they have converted to produce the appropriate antibody titre. If they have not converted they will receive a second vaccination and again be tested. Those students who then fail to convert will be counselled as their potential risk status during training and future practice.

    For students who test positive for Hepatitis B surface antigen their e antigen (HbeAg) status and the presence of Hepatitis B viral DNA will be determined. If they are found to be positive for the e antigen or the viral DNA they will be counselled as to their risk of infecting patients.

e.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV): The data indicates that transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) from health care worker (HCW) to a patient in a health care setting is extremely rare, although transmission from patients to a HCW is more common. Therefore, all students accepted into the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are encouraged to undergo HIV and HCV testing upon admission and at any time during their program when concerns about infection have arisen, but testing for HIV or HCV is not mandatory at the time.

    Note: For updates on changes to medical testing and immunization refer to the Faculty Office.

f.

N-95 Respirator Fit Testing: Students are required to be fit tested for N 95 respirators. Check with the Faculty office for the procedures to schedule this fit testing. The associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

g.

Criminal Records Check: Students should be aware that under the Alberta Protection of People in Care Act, they will be required to satisfy a criminal records check Refer to 23.8.3.

h.

The Program Director, or Designate acting on behalf of the Program Director, may immediately deny assignment of a student to, withdraw a student from, or vary terms, conditions or site of practicum/clinical placement if the Program Director, or Designate has reasonable grounds to believe that this is necessary in order to protect the Public Interest. (See 23.8.2, Practicum Intervention Policy.)

114.7 Degree of BSc in Radiation Therapy

General Information

    The Department of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta offers a undergraduate degree in Radiation Therapy. The program is designed to develop a competent, critical thinking, reflective radiation therapist who effectively contributes to the care of the patient with cancer and who is committed to excellence in professional practice.

    Program design support learners progression from knowledge through skill acquisition to synthesis and competency. It also enables the development towards achievement of the described professional qualities of a radiation therapist by thinking, communicating, and acting in increasingly sophisticated ways. This degree prepares graduates to pursue post-baccalaureate or graduate programs that may lead to advanced practice opportunities.

    In addition, students will learn the foundations of research and engage in group research projects during the clinical component of the fourth year of the degree program. For admission information See 15.9.10.

Orientation

    It is mandatory that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend Orientation. This is scheduled immediately before the beginning of the first term.

Program of Courses

Year 2

(1)

ONCOL 253

(2)

ONCOL 233

(3)

CELL 201

(4)

RADTH 205

(5)

PHYSL 210

(6)

ONCOL 243

(7)

ONCOL 210

(8)

ONCOL 234

(9)

ONCOL 254

(10)

ONCOL 255

(11)

RADTH 260

Year 3

(1)

ONCOL 335

(2)

RADTH 301

(3)

ONCOL 355

(4)

ANAT 305

(5)

RADTH 328

(6)

ELECTIVE

(7)

ONCOL 310

(8)

ONCOL 356

(9)

ONCOL 306

(10)

INT D 410

(11)

RADTH 360

Year 4

(1)

RADTH 401

(2)

RADTH 460

(3)

RADTH 411

(4)

RADTH 461