Updated February 2021
1. Do I need to complete all the first year courses before applying to the program?
- You are required to have completed the 24 credits listed by June 1st of 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 the fall, winter and spring sessions to complete courses. No students are formally accepted into the program unless they have successfully completed the required courses. This means that completing the pre-requisite courses during the summer session in July - Aug would not be possible in the same calendar year as acceptance into the RT program.
- We recommend taking the courses through U of Winnipeg, our partner in the 4 year degree program. This is to help you in meeting the University residency requirements in order to complete your degree, if you have completed other courses you think may be equivalent for the pre-requisite courses, you can apply to have courses assessed by the University.
2. Any Pre-Requisites Hints?
- If you are going to University full time (a full course load is 30 credits): In addition to our 24 required credits, it is recommended that students take 6 credits in chemistry. This is to keep options with other allied health professional programs open. Therefore, 30 credits permits the most flexibility; know that other professional programs may require 30 credits be taken in on year.
3. Do you accept applications from other provinces and countries?
- The University of Winnipeg does not limit applications into Pre-radiation Therapy, but admission to The University of Winnipeg does not guarantee admission to Radiation Therapy. Due to high demand, at this time applications will only be accepted form Manitoba residents and from International students currently attending at The University of Winnipeg and who meet eligibility requirements.
4. What is the application process?
- Applications are accepted and processed by The University of Winnipeg admissions office.
- Once applications are completed through the University of Winnipeg they are forwarded to the School of Radiation Therapy at CCMB.
- Shortlisted candidates are invited to a facility tour and interview(s) will be arranged as a part of the selection process for new student intake. This process may be adjusted based on provincial COVID-19 restrictions.
- The CCMB Selection Committee uses the paper submission, verbal and written interview results, as well as references received to determine student selection for entry into Year II.
- There is a new selection process each year - no waiting list. If you are unsuccessful your application will not be held over from one year to the next, you must re-apply through The University of Winnipeg.
5. Is there a minimum GPA required?
- The University of Winnipeg uses a minimum of 2.5 GPA to accept an application.
- Selection criteria are weighted by the marks on the pre-requisite courses, with overall GPA also considered.
- If you have less than a "C" in any pre-requisite, it is suggested you take the course again. The second mark will be used for assessment.
- If you have all the pre-requisites or only need 1-2 courses, you should consider taking some of the other required courses that are part of the degree program. This does not guarantee your acceptance in the program but is looked upon favourably when reviewing the paper submission. It also puts you one step closer to completing the degree.
6. How many applications do you receive each year?
- On average there are 15-25 candidates per year who have successfully completed the Year One courses.
7. How many students are accepted each year?
- As much of the training is provided in the clinical setting, enrollment is limited by the number of clinical placements available at CCMB. The largest class to date has been 8 students, on average 5 - 6 students per year are accepted.
8. What are my odds?
- There is no way to tell as it depends on the application pool in that particular year. In general, if your GPA is over 3.0, and if you have experience in health care and strong interpersonal skills (demonstrated through working or volunteering), then you would be a suitable candidate.
- Although it is not required, if you do not have experience in a health care setting and would like to volunteer at CCMB the number is (204)787-2121.
9. What is the job market?
- There is no guarantee of employment at CCMB upon completion of the program; however, the majority of CCMB graduates find employment either at CCMB or elsewhere within the first year after graduation.
10. Can I work anywhere in the world?
- The program has accreditation in both Canada and the United States.
- Most European countries, Australia, and New Zealand require degree level education as entry to practice. Some will accept a Radiation Therapist who has graduated from a diploma program if they also have a degree (Arts or Science).
11. Where else is this program offered?
12. What are the costs for this program?
- Costs are comparable to other post-secondary programs. See the University of Winnipeg website for a listing of tuition and other fees. Note that this includes all CCMB course fees.
- National Exam fees approx. $1100 (2022 rates) and incidentals such as textbooks for RT specific courses, uniforms and lab coats, and costs associated with postings in Brandon are approx. $3000.
13. Are there any other costs or equipment required for this program?
- Online learning and access to online resources are critical components of program delivery. To ensure each student has the tools they need to be successful, students require, at minimum:
- Off-campus access to a current laptop computer; students may be required to bring this computer to CCMB campus as part of classroom activities and evaluations.
- High-speed internet connection (Recommended minimum speed: 10 Mbps for download, 5Mbps for upload)
- While many PCs are equipped with embedded speakers and a microphone, students are advised to purchase a headphone with an attached microphone, as it offers improved sound quality and reduces the capture of unwanted background noise. Students may be required to bring headphones to CCMB campus as part of clinical education activities.
- While most laptop PCs are equipped with an embedded video camera (webcam), some laptop PCs and most desktop PCs may require a separate compatible USB video camera (webcam). A camera will be required for off-campus access to evaluation sessions (quizzes and exams).
- Students may be required to provide a visual record of physical work completed or to produce images in support of course activities. A compatible scanner or camera may be required. However, a mobile device equipped with a camera may be sufficient.
- Chromebooks, iPads and other similar tablet-style devices are not recommended as these may not be fully compatible with the applications and tools that some courses require.