Medical Radiation Sciences Placements

A Background on Placements

Arrangement of Placements

Placements are arranged by negotiation between staff of the respective academic unit, acting as Clinical Educator Coordinators, and the staff of the individual placement setting. The academic unit negotiates the standard, type of experience, and number of student places to be offered. In most cases, formal agreements are signed between the University and the placement facility.

Rules of Placements

There are a number of rules and conditions applying to students regarding the amount of workplace based education, the timing of it, the selection of sites, and types of experiences required. These rules have implications for progression in the course and acceptance into the relevant profession after graduation. Students should consult the relevant handbooks of their courses for such rules and details of the Clinical Education/Fieldwork/Professional Experience Program.

Assessment of Students

Students are expected to take active responsibility for their own education by identifying their own learning needs, assisting the placement supervisor in planning and implementing the learning experiences, being familiar with and adhering to procedures and rules laid down by the University and the affiliating centre, and in evaluating their own performance.

The placement supervisor performs the role of teacher, facilitator, coordinator and professional role model. Supervision may be conducted by staff of the respective academic unit for the on campus clinics, or by external practitioners at external sites, who are expert in their professional area.

The nature of the assessment varies across academic units but generally includes a student evaluation by both the supervisor and the student, the satisfactory completion of the learning objectives, as well as a variety of assignments that may include case studies, essays, verbal presentations and practical examinations. The clinical education unit may be assessed on a graded scale or on a pass/fail basis.

Medical Radiation Science Placements

Medical Radiation Sciences consists of three different streams of study – Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. Professional entry programs (courses) in any of the streams are available at the Graduate Entry Masters level, and for Diagnostic Radiography at the undergraduate level.

Students in all streams are required to undertake a series of placements in a variety of public and private hospitals and private practices in order to meet the requirements of their program. Students can expect to complete a placement at a location out of the Sydney metropolitan area at some time during their program.

Graduates from each of the three streams are required to work for one year in an approved clinical centre before receiving full accreditation from their respective professional associations.

Medical Radiation Sciences Staff

For contact details for Medical Radiation Sciences placement staff visit Staff Contact Information.