Bachelor’s Degree, Full-Time Studies ...

Degree Programme in Radiography and Radiotherapy

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Examination and Treatment Environment and Client in Health Care
Orientation to Studies and Profession in Health Care 4
Basics of Radiography and Radiotherapy, Learning to be Professional 3
Pedagogic and Guiding Skills and Professional Ethics 4  
Communication Skills
Finnish and Communication 3
Professional English for Radiographers 3  
Swedish, Second National Language, Oral Swedish 2  
Swedish, Second National Language, Written Swedish 1  
Patient Care and Clinical Procedures
Patient Care I 4
Patient Care II 5
Pharmacotherapy 3
Patient Care, Basic Clinical Training 3
Patient Care, Clinical Training 6
Diagnostic Radiography and Safe Medical Use of Ionizing Radiation I
Mathematics, General Physics and Radiation Physics 4
Imaging Technique and Basic Clinical Training 4
Radiological Equipment with Auxiliary Equipment and Technical Quality Assurance of Radiographic Equipment and Devices 5  
Human Anatomy and Physiology 5
X-ray and Ultrasound Examinations 5
Radiography in X-raying, Basic Clinical Training 5
Diagnostic Radiography, Clinical Training I 6
Diagnostic Radiography, Clinical Training II 6  
Diagnostic Radiography, Clinical Training III 6  
Diagnostic Radiography and Safe Medical Use of Ionizing Radiation II
Radiation Protection 3  
Topographic Anatomy 3  
Computed Tomography and MRI Examinations 4  
Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound and Angiography and Procedures 5  
Mammogram 3  
Radiography, Clinical Training IV 8    
Radiography, Clinical Training V 8    
Nuclear Medicine Procedures and Safe Medical Use of Ionizing Radiation
Nuclear Medicine Procedures, Radionuclide Therapy and Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine 6  
Nuclear Medicine Procedures, Clinical Training 8    
Radiotherapy and Safe Medical use of Ionizing Radiation
Radiotherapy, Planning and the Safe Medical Use of Ionizing Radiation 5  
Oncology and Radiotherapy 7    
Radiotherapy and Patient Care 3  
Radiotherapy, Clinical Training 8    
Development of Radiography and Radiotherapy, Management and Safe Medical Use of Ionizing Radiation
Research and Development Skills 3  
Optimizing Patient Dose of Radiation 5    
Administration, Health Economics and Enterprise 4    
Advanced Radiation Protection, Radiography and Radiotherapy 3      
Diagnostic Radiography and Administration, Clinical Training 8      
Optional Professional Studies of Radiography and Radiotherapy
Clinical Training 7      
Project Studies 2      
Bachelor’s Thesis
Orientation to Bachelor’s Thesis and Methodological Studies 4    
Bachelor’s Thesis Planning Seminar 5    
Bachelor’s Thesis Seminar 6      
Free Choice Studies
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Elective Studies 5      
Radiation Protection, Virtual studies 3                                                  
+ Courses for Exchange Students Spring 2015, Radiography and Radiotherapy 0                                                  
Nuclear Medicine Procedures, Clinical Training 15                                                  
Quality Assurance in Nuclear Medicine 2                                                  
Radiography, Clinical Training 20                                                  
Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine 2                                                  
Orientation into Finnish Health Care System 1                                                  
Radiotherapy, Clinical Training 15                                                  
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

Students of Degree Programme in Radiography and Radiotherapy graduate as Bachelors of Health care. The degree is comparable with the equivalent degrees in other EU countries (EQF 6). After graduation the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health grants the professional licenses to work as a radiographer.
The core competences of radiographers are radiographic examinations (x-ray, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound and magnetic resonance examinations), related procedures, radiotherapy and patient care as well as guidance and safe medical use of ionizing radiation. During the education, the students acquire abilities for development and evaluation of their own professional activities and radiography and radiotherapy as well as for entrepreneurship and international affairs. The aim is to create multidisciplinary professionals of Evidence Based Radiography.
The technology used in diagnostic radiography and radiotherapy requires radiographers to have applied knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences as well as applications of medical technology and information technology. The clinical treatments call for know-how in medicine and nursing science. Development of the quality of radiography and radiotherapy requires mastering the scientific research process, which enables radiographers to write reports and carry out development tasks and utilise them in their work both on the national and international level. Prerequisites for radiographers are good Finnish language and communication skills. The oral and written language skills in Swedish are required of state officials functioning in a position requiring a higher education in a bilingual office (Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate; the competence level B1 = satisfactory, B2 = good, CEF*)
Radiographers are experts of using ionizing radiation in the field of medicine. Radiographers are responsible, both as individuals and as members of the medical staff, for the diagnostic radiography, related procedures and radiotherapy scheduled for the patient. In their work, radiographers face clients/patients of different ages and with different cultural backgrounds and different medical conditions, which requires them to make decisions rapidly, ethically and economically. The work in field of radiography demands customer service skills.
Professional status
Radiographers work in both public and private health care sectors in Finland and abroad. In addition to the field of health care, they can work in private companies and veterinary services, as well as supervising industrial radiation use.
Basic values of education
Basic values of Degree Programme in Radiography and Radiotherapy are respect for human dignity and individuals, confidentiality, responsibility and high-level professional activity; safe use of medical radiation in radiography and radiotherapy.
Teaching methods
The teaching methods include lectures, group work, exercises; computer assisted teaching, independent study and clinical training to enhance professional skills. The studies are implemented according to an investigative work approach. The students develop skills for independent work and mastery of information systems and information search. Students take part in working life projects e.g. measure patients’ radiation exposure during diagnostic examinations.
Learning outcomes of programme/academic year
After the first academic year the students can act in the learning and operating environment of the University of Applied Sciences and know their degree programme and future profession in the health care system. Students can use their knowledge and skills in mathematics, natural sciences, anatomy and physiology in the professional studies. Students can act in patient care and emergency care and examination situations. Students know how to work as team members in plain x-ray examinations.
During the second academic year students expand their skills in client-oriented radiography (including nuclear medicine) and radiotherapy, and after orientation students are able to work as team members or independently in radiography. Students respect clients, their close relatives and co-workers and work accordingly. Students act in accordance with legislation in situations of medical radiation use. Students know how to use radiological equipment and the related instruments safely. Students are familiarized with the basics of scientific research and they can use foreign language in interaction situations.
During the third academic year students get to know the structure of Finnish health care system, legislation and administration of radiotherapy and radiography units. Students can optimise the radiation exposure of patients. Students know quality management issues concerning radiography and radiotherapy work. Students act in a client-oriented manner and as responsible team members in radiography (including nuclear medicine) and radiotherapy. Students write their Bachelor’s thesis under supervision. A part of the studies may also be completed in international student exchange. Before international student exchange students have to take Orientation and report for studying / training abroad, 3 cu. Radiography and radiotherapy students can act temporarily in certified radiographer duties after they have completed 2/3 of their studies.
During the fourth academic year students are deepening their professional skills and knowledge in free-choice studies. Students can act as team members utilising the national and international research data on their own field. Students act as specialists of radiation protection and can optimise the radiation exposure of patients. Students are independently and as team members in charge of radiological examinations, related procedures and radiotherapy ordered to the patient. In their work, students can face clients/patients of different ages and with different cultural backgrounds and different medical conditions, which requires them to make decisions rapidly, ethically and economically. Students have basic knowledge of entrepreneurship. During the Bachelor’s thesis process the students’ investigative and critical approach to work has developed and they can defend their Bachelor’s thesis and participate in peer review.