The Radiation Oncology Technology program prepares students to practise the profession of radiation oncology technologist.
The only people authorized to use the title of Radiation Technologist are those who hold a licence to practice and are members of the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale, en radio-oncologie et en électrophysiologie médicale du Québec (OTIMROEPMQ). The Diploma of College Studies (DCS) in radiation oncology technology awarded by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur is a prerequisite for taking the certification examination.
Radiation oncology technologists are health care professionals who work in a radiation oncology department within a hospital centre. Their role is directly linked to treating cancer and certain benign conditions following the prescription of a radiation oncologist. Their responsibilities essentially consist of planning the treatment in accordance with the prescription and administering external radiation treatments.
Managing patients who are undergoing treatment is a key component of professional practice. Radiation oncology technologists use various specialized software programs to capture, input and transmit information and images concerning patients and their treatments. Adjustments made as a result of analyzing images allow radiation oncology technologists to optimize the treatment plan. Clinical judgement is crucial to the performance of every one of their tasks.
Length of training
Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.
Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.
To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:
Must have passed the following secondary-level course(s):
• Sec. V TS or S – Secondary V Mathematics: Technical and Scientific (564506) or Science (565506) Options
• Sec. IV EST or SE – Secondary IV Environmental Science and Technology (558404) or Science and the Environment (558402)
Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)
Medical radiation technologists (3215)
radiation oncology technician
Labour market relation
In the work force (Information from the MEES)
|Number or code
||Statement of the competency
||Analyze the profession
||Apply health, safety, protective and environmental measures
||Ensure that materials, equipment, apparatuses and accessories are accessible and work properly
||Characterize a malignancy in terms of biomedical information and therapeutic modalities
||Use radiation therapy treatment equipment
||Use radiation oncology imaging apparatuses and systems
||Optimize the quality of images captured by imaging technologies
||Work on a team
||Interact with a radiation oncology patient
||Provide care to a radiation oncology patient
||Resolve a technical problem related to a radiation oncology treatment plan or treatment
||Make specific radiation oncology treatment accessories
||Analyze a radiation oncology treatment plan
||Administer an external radiation therapy treatment
||Carry out a radiation oncology treatment plan
||Perform a dosimetry
||Characterize a brachytherapy treatment
Number of contact hours allotted for specific training: 1 950