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Our Training Programs

The BC Cancer Agency provides internship, residency and fellowship training opportunities for approved educational practicums.

​Training areas

Information about the School of Radiation Therapy is available on the BCIT website. 


Individuals who are interested in becoming a Radiation Therapist, the Radiation Therapy Technology program is now offered at the BC Institute of Technology. The program is comprised of a required academic portion of courses delivered at BCIT and clinical experiences are scheduled at BC Cancer Agency treatment centres.


Graduates of the BCIT program are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy and are eligible to take the National certification examinations set by the CAMRT. Successful candidates may use the designation Registered Technologist Radiation Therapy (RTT) and work as registered radiation therapists anywhere in Canada and in many other parts of the world. Please check the BCIT website for upcoming in-take dates and application deadlines at the BCIT website.

 

Student opportunities in nursing and cytotechnology are available. 

 

The BC Cancer Agency in conjunction with the University of British Columbia offers postgraduate training programs (residencies) in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology.

 

Various research opportunities exist for students with BCCA research programmes. The Interdisciplinary Oncology Program in Vancouver and the Deeley Research Centre (DRC) in Victoria offer placements and courses for graduate and undergraduate students. The DRC also offers a high school internship programme each summer.

 

Identification

Students coming for practicums of less than three months are required to wear a school-issued name badge or identification card at all times during their placement.

Students on practicums for three months or longer will be issued a BCCA identification badge.  Speak to your on-site practicum supervisor upon arrival to arrange a time to have your photo ID created.

Facility information

All BC Cancer Agency facilities are scent-free, non-smoking environments. For centre locations, directions, parking and other facility information, see Clinics & Centres.

Food services, lockers, showers

Most facilities have staff lunch rooms, equipped with fridges, sinks and microwave ovens. Cafeterias are available in the cancer centre or in adjacent hospitals. 

Lockers for students are very limited and not available in all BC Cancer Agency facilities. However, students may be able to store belongings in locked staff rooms in each building. Your on-site practicum supervisor can provide additional information about how and where to safely store your items. All students are strongly advised not to bring expensive clothing, jewelery or other personal items with them on practicum.

Staff shower facilities are available in each cancer centre.

Computer system access

Students will be granted access to BCCA/Provincial Health Services Authority computer systems as required to meet learning goals and objectives.

Learning needs that may involve access to computer systems should be discussed between your school placement coordinator/faculty member and your on-site practicum supervisor at the time your placement is confirmed.  Your on-site practicum supervisor will then make all the necessary arrangements to request a user account for you, as well as access to any computer application programs you will need to use.

Students granted access to BCCA/PHSA computer systems may only use computing services for purposes related to their practicum.  In addition, you must abide by all organizational policies regarding computer use, and must pay particular attention to ensure that the confidentiality of patient information is maintained at all times.  Speak to your on-site supervisor for more detailed information.

Telephone & cell phone use

Telephones in the BC Cancer Agency facilities are intended for business use, except in emergency situations.  There are several payphones available in each centre for personal calls.

The use of cell phones on BC Cancer Agency premises is generally acceptable except in designated areas:

  • patient consultation and treatment rooms
  • radiation therapy department
  • surgical units
  • PET/MRI units

Please check with your on-site practicum supervisor to see if there is any sensitive equipment in your assigned work area prior to making a cell phone call.

Under no circumstances may students use cell phone cameras to record images of patients, client information or other documents.

Library services

Each BC Cancer Agency cancer centre has a librarian and a collection of professional resources, both electronic and print. Students are welcome to use BCCA Library resources, but your home educational institution will remain your primary provider of library services.

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