Frequently asked questions
- How do I apply?
- How many students are accepted per year?
- Do you offer tours of the school and department?
- Why do students have to go to Winnipeg?
- I have completed courses from another university, will these count toward the prerequisites for the program?
- Do I need to complete all of the prerequisite courses before applying to the program?
- Do you accept applications from other provinces and countries?
- Is there a minimum GPA required?
- Why do you require Anatomy & Physiology when the other streams require Intro Biology?
- How many applications do you receive each year?
- What is the job market?
- Can I work anywhere in the world?
- Where else is this program offered?
- Where can I find more information about this career?
- What are the costs for this program?
- Can I get a student loan?
- How do I apply?
Applicants must submit a completed application to Nursing and Health Sciences Advisor by the end of January every calendar year for acceptance into the fall admissions for the Radiation Therapy program. Please see the UNB website for further details.
2. How many students are accepted per year?
The Saint John School of Radiation Therapy currently accepts two students per year.
3. Do you offer tours of the school and department?
Yes, potential applicants who are interested in the program can contact the Program Coordinator to schedule a date and time that is mutually acceptable. Note: tours are generally offered after clinical hours are completed for the day (4 p.m.) to help protect patient confidentiality.
4. Why do students have to go to Winnipeg?
We have partnered with the School of Radiation Therapy in Winnipeg because they provide all of the in-class/didactic learning tools needed by our students to establish a foundation of knowledge required to start practicing as a Radiation Therapist. Since the Saint John School of Radiation Therapy only accepts two students per intake, it is not feasible for us to have full-time academic faculty on staff.
5. I have completed courses from another university, will these count toward the prerequisites for the program?
Course equivalency needs to be determined by UNBSJ as they are the degree granting institution. Please contact the Nursing and Health Sciences Advisor at UNB for further details.
6. Do I need to complete all of the prerequisite courses before applying to the program?
You must have completed the prerequisite courses listed by June 1st of the application year. If courses are not completed when you submit your application, you must provide proof of registration that indicates the completion date of the course and a letter of support from the course instructor. This allows prospective students to complete their courses in the fall, winter and spring sessions. No students are formally accepted into the program unless they have successfully completed the required courses. This means that completing the prerequisite courses during the summer session in July and August would not be possible in the same calendar year as acceptance into the Radiation Therapy program.
7. Do you accept applications from other provinces and countries?
Yes, however, preference may be given to internal applicants who have completed the prerequisite courses at UNB. Preference is also given to applicants from within the Maritime Provinces.
8. Is there a minimum GPA required?
There is a minimum of 2.5 GPA in order for an application to be accepted. Selection criteria are weighted by the marks on the prerequisite courses, with the overall GPA also considered. If you have less than a C grade in any prerequisite, you must take the course again. The second mark will be used for the assessment.
9. Why do you require Anatomy & Physiology when the other streams require Intro Biology?
The course content that you are exposed to immediately after acceptance requires that you have a foundation of Anatomy and Physiology knowledge. Our partner program delivers its course material based on this and your peers will have the same base knowledge, making it a requirement specific to the Radiation Therapy stream of Health Sciences.
10. How many applications do you receive each year?
We receive anywhere between 10 and 20 applications each year.
11. What is the job market?
There is no guarantee of employment at the Saint John Regional Hospital upon completion of the program; however, the majority of graduates find employment either in the Maritimes or elsewhere within the first six months after graduation.
12. Can I work anywhere in the world?
Our program is accredited with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in partnership with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Our graduates have access to both Canadian and American certification exams. Some of our students have also gained employment in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
13. Where else is this program offered?
You can find a list of all accredited educational programs offered across Canada on the CAMRT website.
14. Where can I find more information about this career?
You can find out more about this career on the CAMRT website, as well as the New Brunswick Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (NBAMRT) website.
15. What are the costs for this program?
Costs are comparable to other post-secondary programs with the exception that students must account for travel to and from Winnipeg for two educational terms. See UNB's website for a listing of fees. Approximate program cost, after acceptance into program and excluding lodging, meals and transportation, is $20,000. This is calculated based on average book prices and full-time student tuition for four academic terms. Students are not charged tuition for their clinical placements.
16. Can I get a student loan?
Our program is a recognized educational institution and therefore all of our students are able to apply for student loans. Eligibility for amounts is determined by provincial and federal government levels (www.canlearn.ca). Students are also eligible to apply for scholarships through UNBSJ for their academic terms spent at UNBSJ.
It is recognized that the Saint John School of Radiation Therapy operates out of the Saint John Regional Hospital and this may not be the home for some students enrolled in the program. Additional information for students not from the Saint John region is provided below.
- meals are available at moderate prices at the Saint John Regional Hospital cafeteria and Fast Break coffee shop
- the Saint John School of Radiation Therapy does not operate a residence; however our students can make arrangements for residence accommodations at UNBSJ's campus which is on-site