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Comparison of curricula in radiation technology in the field of radiotherapy in selected European Union countries

Agnieszka Janaszczyk, Marta Bogusz-Czerniewicz
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2011.04.006
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2011;16(5):189-197.

open access

Vol 16, No 5 (2011)
Published online: 2011-09-01
Submitted: 2011-03-09

Abstract

Background

Radiation technology is a discipline of medical science which deals with diagnostics, imaging and radiotherapy, that is treatment by ionizing radiation.

Aim

To present and compare the existing curricula of radiation technology in selected EU countries.

Materials and methods

The research work done for the purpose of the comparative analysis was based on the methods of diagnostic test and document analysis.

Results

The comparison of curricula in selected countries, namely Austria, France, the Netherlands and Poland, showed that admission criteria to radiation technology courses are varied and depend on regulations of respective Ministries of Health. The most restrictive conditions, including written tests in biology, chemistry and physics, and psychometric test, are those in France. Contents of basic and specialist subject groups are very similar in all the countries. The difference is in the number of ECT points assigned to particular subjects and the number of course hours offered. The longest practical training is provided in the Netherlands and the shortest one in Poland. The duration of studies in the Netherlands is 4 years, while in Poland it is 3 years. Austria is the only country to offer extra practical training in quality management.

Conclusion

Graduates in the compared EU countries have similar level of qualifications in the fields of operation of radiological equipment, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, foreign language and specialist terminology in the field of medical and physical sciences, general knowledge of medical and physical sciences, and detailed knowledge of radiation technology.

Abstract

Background

Radiation technology is a discipline of medical science which deals with diagnostics, imaging and radiotherapy, that is treatment by ionizing radiation.

Aim

To present and compare the existing curricula of radiation technology in selected EU countries.

Materials and methods

The research work done for the purpose of the comparative analysis was based on the methods of diagnostic test and document analysis.

Results

The comparison of curricula in selected countries, namely Austria, France, the Netherlands and Poland, showed that admission criteria to radiation technology courses are varied and depend on regulations of respective Ministries of Health. The most restrictive conditions, including written tests in biology, chemistry and physics, and psychometric test, are those in France. Contents of basic and specialist subject groups are very similar in all the countries. The difference is in the number of ECT points assigned to particular subjects and the number of course hours offered. The longest practical training is provided in the Netherlands and the shortest one in Poland. The duration of studies in the Netherlands is 4 years, while in Poland it is 3 years. Austria is the only country to offer extra practical training in quality management.

Conclusion

Graduates in the compared EU countries have similar level of qualifications in the fields of operation of radiological equipment, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, foreign language and specialist terminology in the field of medical and physical sciences, general knowledge of medical and physical sciences, and detailed knowledge of radiation technology.

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Keywords

Electroradiology; Curricula; Radiotherapy; Nuclear medicine

About this article
Title

Comparison of curricula in radiation technology in the field of radiotherapy in selected European Union countries

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 16, No 5 (2011)

Pages

189-197

Published online

2011-09-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2011.04.006

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2011;16(5):189-197.

Keywords

Electroradiology
Curricula
Radiotherapy
Nuclear medicine

Authors

Agnieszka Janaszczyk
Marta Bogusz-Czerniewicz

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