B.Sc Radiotherapy

B.Sc Radiotherapy is a three-year undergraduate course that imparts the knowledge about radiation therapy to treat cancer and other diseases with ionizing radiation. The main aim of this course is to instill skills and knowledge related to radiotherapy. B.Sc Radiotherapy trains students into radiotherapy professionals and there is a huge demand for the same. Radiotherapy technology is one of the treatment lines for cancer. The process involves the deposition of energy in the targeted cells through ionising radiation causing destruction of the cells and ceasing their growth. Radiotherapy can be used as a primary treatment option for cancer before surgery to shrink a cancerous tumour. It can also be used after surgery to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells or in combination treatment with chemotherapy or to alleviate symptoms caused by cancer.

B.Sc Radiotherapy Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility for B.Sc Radiography course is as follows:

  • Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognised board in India.
  • Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as mandatory subjects.
  • Some institutes require a minimum aggregate score of 50% in class 12 an additional criterion of eligibility for B.Sc Radiotherapy

B.Sc Radiotherapy Admission Process

Admission to the B.Sc Radiotherapy course is either done on the basis of merit or on the basis of the entrance exam.

Direct Admissions

  • The direct admission process is followed by a majority of colleges in India.
  • Through this pathway, candidates are selected on the basis of their marks scored in 10+2.
  • For this, candidates simply have to apply to the college/university.
  • After the board results are out, the colleges will release their cut-off scores.
  • If candidates have scored more than or equal to the cut-off scores of the intended college, they will be eligible for enrollment at that institute.

On the basis of Entrance Exams

  • The second way for admission to the B.Sc Radiotherapy course is an entrance exam.
  • In this pathway, candidates are selected on the basis of their marks scored in the entrance examinations of an institute.
  • For this, candidates first have to apply to the university/ college.
  • The institute will provide candidates with an exam schedule.
  • When the results of the exam are out, the college will release the cut-off or merit list.

B.Sc Radiotherapy Syllabus

First Year:

Anatomy
Radiation Hazards and Protection
Pathology
Fundamentals of computer science
Communication Skills and Personality Development
Physiology
Generation and Properties of X-Ray
General Radiography

Second Year:

General Radiography 2
Organizational Behavior
CT-Scan 1
Ultrasound
Environmental Science
MRI-1

Third Year:

Doppler and Echography
Anesthesia in Diagnostic Radiology
MRI – 2
CT-Scan 2
Human Resource
Interventional in Diagnostic Radiology
Nuclear Medicine and PET Scan

B.Sc. Radiotherapy Technology Course Suitability

  • Applicants should also be able to maintain accurate information systems for clinical data in accordance with departmental and hospital policies.
  • Candidates should also possess skills like demonstrating clinical reasoning and knowledge in the assessment and treatment of patients; demonstrate evidence-based practice through decision making.
  • They should be able to take responsibilities supporting the functioning of the radiotherapy service.
  • Students willing to have further higher degrees and then for research work also are suitable for it.
Woman Receiving Radiation Therapy Treatments for Breast Cancer

B.Sc. Radiotherapy Technology Course Benefits

  • B.Sc. Radiotherapy Technology teaches the students for focusing on one of the main methods used in the treatment of cancer; this course develops a special kind of person, who combines an interest in cutting-edge technology with a caring, people-orientated side.
  • Candidates can work as a therapeutic radiographer delivering a technically advanced but caring service in hospitals around the world.
  • The course is also beneficial for further studies such as M.Sc., M.Phil. & Ph.D. etc.
  • B.Sc. Radiotherapy Technology helps to use software and systems for treatment and treatment planning.
  • You also learn to apply theory to practice and tailor the treatment to the patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues.

B.Sc Radiotherapy Career Options and Job Prospects

Radiotherapy is a branch of medical science that is constantly in demand for the diagnosis of diseases. As it is one of the only technologies that enables the doctors to detect the diseases inside a human body, it is required in all medical centres and hospitals. Following are some of the profiles that you can apply for after the completion of B.Sc Radiotherapy course:

  • Radiology Technician
  • Radiologist
  • MRI Technician
  • Radiology Assistant
  • Radiotherapy Technologist/Radiographer
  • Ultrasound Technician / Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Radiology Nurse
  • CT Tech / CAT Scan Technologist / CT Scan Technologist

With rapid urbanisation and the requirement of high-tech medical facilities, diagnostic centres have also emerged as one of the most successful business in this field. These centres provide services to hospitals that cannot establish radiological departments.

These centres open up a lot of scope and jobs for radiology aspirants. Individuals are hired by these diagnostic centres at different levels (assistant, doctor, etc.). These days, tier 1, tier 2 cities as well as big towns have diagnostic centres, offering various job opportunities to students.

Salary options in this field will depend on the type of course that a candidate has pursued. Formal medical degree holders (MBBS, MS or MD) can expect their starting salaries to vary between Rs. 3.75 lakh to Rs. 5.45 lakh per annum. The salary for B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree holders will range from Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 24,000 per month, whereas, diploma holders can expect the salaries to vary from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 12,000 per month.

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