MRS453 Radiation Therapy Residency (64)

This capstone residency subject consolidates learning (knowledge and skills) across the entire degree into practice based capabilities. The subject formalises the learning, development and assessment of MRPBA defined capabilities as the minimum standards for general registration with AHPRA. The residency is underpinned by professional practice of radiation therapy in the clinical setting (1200 hours). Students hone their clinical skills to demonstrate work ready capabilities in; professional and ethical conduct, communication and collaboration, evidence based practice and professional learning, radiation safety and risk management, practice of medical radiation science generally, practice in diagnostic radiography specifically, literacy in academic, numeracy, information, research and digital domains, cultural safety, global citizenship and sustainable practices.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)


BMS191 and BMS192 and MRS120 and MRS121 and MRS204 and MRS212 and MRS252 and MRS255 and MRS349 and MRS365 and MRS366 and MRS367 and PHY107 and PHY115 and PSY214

Subject Relationships

MRS490 MRS453 is a 64 point subject specialisation dedicated internship replacing MRS490 which was a generic residency subject.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate critical, analytical, and reflective skills in a range of contexts including clinical problem solving, research and empirical practice, and academic and professional discourse (MRPBA Domains 1-5);
  • be able to implement professional practice, demonstrating critical thinking and analytical skills, with specific reference to applying anatomy, physiology and pathology, applying the principles of physics and instrumentation, utilising patient information management systems, determining appropriate procedures, and manage / manipulate 3D datasets (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to evaluate and implement outcomes of patient assessment and due diligence to deliver appropriate care inclusive of appropriate management in the event of deteriorating patient condition, urgent and/or unexpected findings (MRPBA Domain 5.6);
  • be able to apply understanding of practice in radiation therapy, demonstrating critical thinking and analytical skills, with specific reference to appropriate use of stabilisation devices, application of treatment simulation techniques, knowledge and application of treatment planning and dosimetry, implement CT imaging and implementation of treatment techniques according to approved plans (MRPBA Domain 5C and 5B.5);
  • be able to apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice, protecting/enhancing patient safety, ensuring safe operation of equipment, maintain safety of self and others and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges and identifying professional learning needs / life-long learning (MRPBA Domain 3);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with specific reference to clear, sensitive and effective communication and collaborating with other health practitioners (MRPBA Domain 2);
  • be able to identify, explain and implement professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to global citizenship, ethical, professional and legal practices, providing appropriate care, assuming accountability and responsibility, and patient advocacy (MRPBA Domain 1);
  • be able to understand, explain and apply principles of Indigenous cultural competence and safety within the context of patient care and advocacy (MRPBA Domain 1 and 2); and
  • be able to synthesise and critically evaluate information to implement social, economic and environmental sustainable practices.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical block
  • Reflection
  • Professionalism
  • Global citizenship, ethics and law
  • Sustainability, social and environmental justice
  • Radiation safety
  • Quality assurance
  • Patient care and communication
  • WHS
  • Technical competence
  • Reflective practice

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 165 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Internship year with approved clinical practice sites in radiation therapy to meet AHPRA MRPBA registration requirements. Students undertake 2 blocks of clinical placement to complete 1200 hours fitting in with standard radiotherapy department staff rostering of 9 day fortnights, at approved clinical sites mapped with MRPBA.

Special Resources

Travel for practicum at students own expense (including travel, accommodation and uniforms).

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.