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Volume 16, Number 5, 2011

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

Agnieszka Janaszczyk, Marta Bogusz-Czerniewicz


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
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

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

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